Cape Town - Orlando Pirates have been dealt something of a blow after the club revealed that forward Thabiso Kutumela has been ruled out for the season with a serious ankle injury.
Kutumela was recently beginning to show glimpses of the kind of form that saw him score 18 league goals with Baroka in the National First Division in 2015/16.
In the current campaign he had managed two strikes in nine appearances for Milutin Sredojevic's side.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old is now out of action until 2018/19 after he picked up a knock to his ankle in competitive action
The player joins recent recruit Augustine Mulenga on the sidelines, with the Zambia star ruled out for at least two weeks with a knee concern, although veteran Mpho Makola is set for a return.
The statement read:
The Orlando Pirates Technical Team has been dealt a major setback ahead of their away trip to face Chippa United over the weekend.
Following the recent news of the injury to newly signed striker Augustine Mulenga, Micho Sredojevic has been forced to now look at other options with Thabiso Kutumela expected out for a lengthy period.
Forward, Kutumela suffered a serious ankle injury earlier this week and looks set to miss the remainder of the season.
According to the Bucs Medical Team, Kutumela requires surgery on his injury and is expected to be out for between 3-6 months depending on rehabilitation.
The diminutive forward will be sorely missed as the league enters the final stretch. The 24-year old has featured in six of the club’s seven competitive matches played this year.
On behalf of the entire Orlando Pirates family we wish Thabiso a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, in the midst of the disappointing news surrounding Mulenga and Kutumela, there has been some positive news coming out of the Bucs camp. Midfielder Mpho Makola has since been cleared to train fully with the rest of the team.