Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro has been ruled out of the remainder of the Absa Premiership campaign with a hamstring strain.
Chiefs announced Castro’s injury on Thursday evening, just before their all-important league encounter against title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The Colombian is nursing a hamstring strain.
He has since left the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Biological Safe Environment (BSE) and will not take part in the remaining matches of the current season as he needs 3-4 weeks of rehabilitation to recover as confirmed by Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp.
“Leonardo has already left the bubble, he needs 3-4 weeks rehabilitation time, it is a very pity situation for all of us,” said Middendorp.
“But we have found a solution, we will do some stuff differently and hopefully it will work,” he added.
Castro had initially sustained the injury against Bidvest Wits in Chiefs’ first match since the resumption of football in the PSL Bio Bubble, lasting just 56 minutes before limping off.
However, the Colombian hitman returned to action in Chiefs 1-1 stalemate against Stellenbosch FC last Sunday only to aggravate the injury as he had to be replaced in the 26 minute of the match as Chiefs look to clinch the league title for the first time in five years.
The 31-year-old has played an integral part in Chiefs’ success this season. He made 22 appearances for ‘Amakhosi’ in all competitions, netting eight goals with one assist to his name.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi