Khanya Leshabela is set to miss out on the Tokyo Olympics.
The Leicester City midfielder picked up an ankle injury during training in the last week of the regular season in England.
He was initially named in coach David Notoane’s 25-man squad that was released three weeks ago, but after picking up the injury, the 21-year-old had to be withdrawn from the latest squad which was announced by the U23 national team mentor on the third of June.
On Monday, the national team travel to Cairo to take on Egypt’s U23 side as both countries continue their preparations for the Olympics.
With Leicester’s preseason programme set to resume in July, Leshabela will be eager to return to full fitness as soon as possible.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start on the 22nd of July with South Africa kicking off their tournament against hosts Japan before taking on Mexico and France in their other group A games.
This is another major blow for the national team with Cardiff City striker Siyabonga Ligendza already ruled out of the camp after picking up an injury as well.
Negotiations are still continuing with various European teams for the release of players like Sphephelo Sithole of SAD Belenenses and Gift Links of AGF Aarhus.
FARPost has it on good authority that winger Gift Links is unlikely to be released with Aarhus set to participate in the Uefa Europa League and the Danish Superliga kicking off early.
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