Johannesburg - Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques doesn't think Bafana Bafana
striker Siyabonga Nomvethe will return to competitive action this year.
Nomvethe underwent surgery on an injured toe this week and faces
an agonising wait before knowing how long he can expect to be sidelined.
A ligament in the 35-year-old's big toe was operated on, but
until the swelling goes down, it is not known how long his recovery
period will be.
'Bhele', as he's affectionately known by his team-mates, suffered
the injury in Swallows' 3-0 victory over Orlando Pirates on September
It cost him a spot in Gordon Igesund's squad for South Africa's friendlies against Brazil and Mozambique.
Marques, though, feels Nomvethe will do what ever it takes to be
ready for action as soon as possible, especially with the African Cup of
Nations on the horizon.
"If I know Nomvethe, he will push himself to get fit as soon as
he can, but we think he might not be able to play again this year and
can then come back after the mid-season break," Marques told SuperSport.