Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse is set to miss a major part of the run in to the end of the domestic season due to an ankle injury.
The central defender tore ankle ligaments while playing against Kampala City Council in a first round second-leg Champions League match in Uganda last week.
He will reportedly be out for between six and eight weeks, which would see him missing the bulk of the domestic end of the season.
The 32-year-old admits it's a big setback, but is determined to work hard in order to overcome the injury as soon as possible.
"This is definitely not what I needed at this moment," he told KickOff.
"I was feeling in great form and really wanted to keep on playing. But injuries happen to the best of players and I'll have to take it in my stride.
"Sometimes an injury looks much worse than what it really is and I'm hoping it will be the case this time round. That said, I would still have to work hard off the field to get back sooner."
Arendse also revealed that he has recently signed a two-year contract extension with the Brazilians, with the option to renew for a further year.
"I need to thank the Sundowns management and technical staff as well as the players for their love and support and for making this possible. I will always fight for the club as it has supported me well during my career," said the Cape Town-born defender.