Johannesburg - Katlego Mphela's agent has warned Mamelodi Sundowns against
rushing the striker back as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
The 27-year-old needed surgery in June after spending the second
half of last season dogged by the injury, resulting in him missing a
large portion of the Brazilians' campaign.
The injury also came as a big blow to Bafana Bafana, with the
hitman having bagged 23 goals in 47 international matches, while he will
also be missed as South Africa begin preparations for the 2013 Africa
Cup of Nations.
Mphela's representative, Glyn Binkin, says his client needs
sufficient time in which to recover, otherwise he might risk further
aggravating his injury and be forced to return to the sidelines.
"I believe everybody is on the same page in that we want to see
Katlego back as soon as possible, but it is also important that he be
given the time he needs to heal properly," Binkin told SuperSport.
"The surgery went well and his recovery is going fine, but
rushing him back into service now would only possibly create further
problems down the line.
"The goal, I believe, should be to get him ready for the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
"That means he probably sits out September and maybe even
October, but he will come back a fully healed player and firing again."