Cape Town - Retired Orlando Pirates centre-back Eugene Zwane is concerned about defender Siyabonga Sangweni's injury woes and fears they could force him into early retirement.
Sangweni has missed the entire second half of the season for the Buccaneers due to a recurring ankle injury he first sustained at the start of the campaign.
Zwane admitted that recovery takes longer for a player of Sangweni's age, before adding that he hoped the former Golden Arrows man would play for two or more seasons.
However, with only seven games to go before the end of the 2015/16 Premiership season, the 34-year-old is still nursing his injury and looks unlikely to make his return any time soon.
"I expected him to play beyond this season just like Lucky Lekgwathi did at his age," Zwane told Goal website.
"That looks impossible now due to persistent injuries.
"At 36, Lucky was more fit and not plagued by injuries like Siya which makes life difficult for him to continue playing.
"I think it might force him to call it a day at the end of this season.
"Going on with these injuries could be a risk for a long term injury which will not be good for a player of his age as recovery takes longer, so the best solution might be to call it a day."