Cape Town - Kabelo Mahlasela's hopes of making his Kaizer Chiefs debut have been cruelly delayed by what appears a serious knee injury.
Mahlasela was signed from Bloemfontein Celtic last week and seemed in contention to feature in Saturday's league match against SuperSport United, which ended 0-0.
But his dream of donning the Amakhosi jersey was cut short after he was hurt during training a day before the match.
The skillful midfielder will undergo tests on Monday, but there is concern that he could be out for some time as the injury is similar to that of Chiefs right-back Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who was out for around four months.
"His knee got into a bad position after an unlucky tackle," Chiefs' physiotherapist David Milner told the club's official website.
"He's injured a meniscus inside the knee joint. The injury is similar to the one Ramahlwe Mphahlele had.
"We did do his medicals on Wednesday and Thursday before training and he came through his tests without any problems."
"Mahlasela will see a specialist and undergo more tests on Monday. The club will provide an update on his injury on Tuesday."