Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane is expected to be out of action for at least six weeks after going under the knife to repair an injured finger.
The shot-stopper picked up a knock during training, and will be unavailable for the club’s remaining fixtures against Cape Town City and Polokwane City.
This was revealed in a statement issued out on the club’s website on Thursday morning.
“Goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane underwent a successful operation on his injured finger,” the statement read.
“Unfortunately due to this intervention, this means that the goal minder will miss the remaining games of the season against Cape Town City and Polokwane City.”
Although a blow in terms of squad depth, Mabokgwane’s absence will have no major impact on how the Buccaneers will line up on Saturday against Cape Town City, as the player has spent most of the season on the bench.
The 31-year-old played second fiddle to Siyabonga Mpontshane during the first half of the campaign before being leapfrogged by veteran shot-stopper Wayne Sandilands in the latter part of the season.
Mabokgwane has made just ten appearances across competitions throughout the 2018/19 campaign, the last coming in Pirates’ shock first-round exit in the Nedbank Cup, where they lost 6-5 on penalties against Black Leopards back in January.
Pirates did, however, share some welcome news – as far as their supporters are concerned – with forward Kudakwashe Mahachi and defender Diamond Thopola both available after being sidelined by injury.
“Meanwhile, the medical team has also since confirmed that Diamond Thopola as well as Kudakwashe Mahachi have been cleared and can return to full training.
The Soweto giants summit the PSL league tables on 53 points, tied with Mamelodi Sundowns, but are ahead on goal difference.
They meet Cape Town City at Athlone Stadium on Saturday, before concluding their league campaign with a home fixture against Polokwane City seven days later.