Cape Town - Maritzburg United will be without the services of Sibusiso Khumalo for a further six weeks after the midfielder underwent knee surgery.
Khumalo joined the Team of Choice on loan for the season from Mamelodi Sundowns and would have been hoping to make the most of increased game-time.
However, the 23-year-old injured his ankle and knee during Maritzburg's defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in late September and has been forced to go under the knife to repair a grade two tear.
"I went for the operation on my knee and I will be out for six weeks," Khumalo told KickOff.
"It went well and they removed something in my knee, but it is not something serious, so I will be out for six weeks - confirmed by the doctors.
"I will start rehab on Monday, and I won't be doing anything [for that week], but once I have removed the stitches the following week, I will start to do other things.
"My ankle is fine.
"When doctors checked it they said there was nothing serious.
"The only problem was a knee which they cleaned and removed the other things that they put in there, so I'm fine now as I'm able to walk."
The news that the injury is not too serious will come as a relief to Maritzburg boss Steve Komphela, with his side currently enjoying a rich vein of form which has seen them rise to third in the PSL standings.