Johannesburg - Albie Morkel, veteran of 108 international games for South Africa, will probably miss the first half of the domestic season for the Titans following an ankle operation on Friday.
According to the superpsort.com website, the 33-year old all-rounder who played in 58 One Day Internationals and 49 T20 Internationals as well as one Test for South Africa, tore two ankle ligaments on the pre-season tour to the Southern Cape in August.
"I will be out of action for at least ten weeks, but it could be more. It is disappointing, as I would miss the domestic T20-campaign. It would have been great to help the Titans to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20," said Morkel.
He added that the setback would prevent him from being part of the first half of the domestic Momentum One Day Cup campaign.
Morkel has the potential to be a devastating hitter in the middle period and can also pick up valuable wickets with late away-swing early in an innings in all three formats.
He underlined his match-winning credentials in the Cell C Festival of Cricket match between North versus South when his 22 off ten balls enabled the North to win by three wickets with one ball to spare in January.
"Naturally, his loss for the first half of the season is a setback as he is a big player for the Titans. He was looking forward to be part of our four-day domestic campaign as well," said Henry Davids, skipper of the Titans.
Morkel played a pivotal role in powering the Titans to a semi-final playoff against the Dolphins in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge in 2013/2014-season.
But David Miller denied the Titans bragging rights in that semi-final with a swashbuckling 93 off only 37 balls.
The Dolphins ultimately won the T20 Challenge by edging the Cape Cobras in the final.
Apart from Morkel, the Titans will probably also be without their other inspirational all-rounder David Wiese, who is nursing an ankle injury and may be out of action for between two and four weeks.
Wiese might miss the first Sunfoil Series match of the season for the Titans against the Highveld Lions at the Wanderers from September 25 to 28.