Nomvethe could miss Afcon
SIYABONGA Nomvethe could miss the Africa Cup of Nations finals in January because of a toe injury.
The veteran Swallows marksman is due for an operation tomorrow and will be out for a further eight weeks.
He is one of the players national team coach Gordon Igesund is hoping will bring experience to the Bafana Bafana cause during the continental spectacle.
"We did the MRI scan on Thursday, which confirmed our initial diagnoses of a ligament sprain of the big toe joint," said Swallows team doctor Ephraim Nematswerani yesterday.
Nomvethe injured the toe when he fell during Swallows' 3-0 win against Orlando Pirates on September 1.
"After the scan, the orthopaedic surgeon and I agreed it will be better for Bhele to go for an operation," said Nematswerani.
"The problem is that you can end up having hallux limitus, which basically means you may have reduced range of motion of the big toe joint. The only way to prevent that is do the operation."
He said Nomvethe would be ready to play again only in late December. "It's still early to talk about the Afcon finals for him. For us the health of the player is more important because Afcon will come and go."
Nematswerani said that striker Cheik Bougounta Cisse will also be out of action for six to eight weeks. Cisse fractured a collarbone after he fell at training 10 days ago.
Defender Rudi Isaacs is suffering from a mild abdominal strain and is doubtful for the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal away to Maritzburg United on Saturday.