Kamohelo Mokotjo was back in the Brentford match-day squad this week as Bafana Bafana’s injury crisis begins to ease.
Mokotjo was among the substitutes in the 1-1 draw at West Brom in the English Championship having missed the vital Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria in November with an ankle problem.
He was sidelined for a just over a month in all‚ and was sorely missed by Brentford over that period.
The club have an astonishing 19 games before the Nations Cup qualifier away against Libya in March‚ which will be ample time for him to find his form.
Keagan Dolly is also scheduled to return soon after he has been missing since midSeptember with a fractured leg.
He was just starting to find form with French Ligue 1 side Montpellier when the injury occurred and he missed Bafana’s last three qualifiers.
Midfielder Dean Furman said he expects to be back in action well before the Libya game as well‚ though he will require further surgery to remove the plate in his shoulder.
“I’m hoping for a return to action in January or February‚” Furman said.
“I’m seeing the surgeon tomorrow [Thursday] to discuss it further. Unfortunately‚ a second op is required to remove the plate that is holding everything together.
“We have to decide when the best time is to do that. I should be flying by then hopefully [the Libya game] with six weeks of action in the tank.”
Midfielder Bongani Zungu is hoping to be back in February or early March at the latest after he has been out since September with a knee injury.
Sibusiso Vilakazi also said he expected to be back from an injury sooner than expected‚ but the match with Libya could come too soon for him.