Tuesday Aug 11, 2020. 15:00
South Africa international Lebogang Mothiba has suffered a long term injury according to his French club RC Strasbourg.
The 24-year-old striker will undergo surgery to treat his recurring knee injury which he picked up during a friendly match against French side Montpellier on July 28.
As a result, Mothiba, who was part of the Bafana Bafana squad at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, will be out of action for ‘four to five months.”
Strasbourg manager Thierry Laurey confirmed that Mothiba will miss the kick-off their 2020-21 Ligue 1 campaign against Lorient on August 23.
“It’s a problem with a tendon in the knee that he’s had for a little while, we prefer to fix it once and for all,” Laurey told DNA.
“Lebo will be unavailable for four to five months, until January.”
Laurey explained that the club will not be signing a replacement following Mothiba’s injury blow with the marksman having netted 14 goals in 53 competitive matches for the team.
“Not necessarily, because we know he’s going to come back. We hope he will come back as a ‘new player’, without recurring problems,” he added.
“Firstly, we will work with the boys who are fit, and we will see in the next weeks whether to recruit or not, without rushing.”
Mothiba has hit the back of the net four times in 15 international matches for Bafana Bafana.