South Africa captain Janine Van Wyk was withdrawn from the clash with Malawi on Friday after picking up a knee injury.
The 32-year-old, who led Banyana Banyana to a four Cosafa Women's Cup titles, was left out for the second half after she suffered an injury from a poor challenge just before half-time.
The JVW star, who was making her first start in the competition, could not continue after and had to be replaced by Noko Matlou at the restart.
She was subsequently transferred to the hospital for further checks and undergo an MRI scan to ascertain the extent of her injury.
News coming from the dressing room is that captain Janine van Wyk will not be coming back for the 2nd half because of a knee injury @bafana_bafana @SAFA_net @SasolLeague @SasolSA #limitless @COSAFAMEDIA #BanyanaBanyana #RSA— Banyana_Banyana (@Banyana_Banyana) August 2, 2019
All the best to captain Janine van Wyk who has been taken to hospital for an MRI scan on her knee. Hope it is not serious @Banyana_Banyana @BafanaBafana @SasolLeague @SasolSA #limitless @COSAFAMEDIA #BanyanaBanyana #RSA pic.twitter.com/tytW4P1frV— Banyana_Banyana (@Banyana_Banyana) August 2, 2019
It will come as a concern for Banyana coach Desiree Ellis ahead of the crucial run of games in a bid to defend the title they won last year.
With a 3-1 win over Malawi on Friday, South Africa are on the verge of the semi-finals and will take on Madagascar in their last Group A match on Monday.