Cape Town - Platinum Stars midfielder Lehlogonolo 'Vieira' Masalesa is likely to be out for most of October, head coach Roger De Sa has revealed.
Masalesa was signed in the off-season from Greek side AEL Larissa but after injuring his ankle while on Cosafa Cup duty for the national team, he is yet to make his debut for Stars.
Dikwena coach Roger De Sa, who has worked with the powerful central midfielder at both Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates, says the 25-year-old is making a tentative recovery.
"Only on Thursday (last week) he came to the training ground just to do a warm up and little bit of passing. He hasn't been involved in anything else," De Sa told KickOff website.
"He only started on Thursday with a little bit of work on the field, but he's still very cautious, still limping. So it could take another three or four weeks maybe."
De Sa is hoping to have more options available soon as he tries to help the North West club climb off the foot of the table.
"He's going to help us and also he gives us options. We can also play Vuyo Mere at right-back again in his rightful position and let 'Vieira' play there (in Mere's place in midfield).
"At the moment it's been a bit of a chess game, shuffling players around just to get by. Hopefully we can bring players in and with those guys coming back from injury, we could have four or five players coming into the side."