Lebo Mothiba has suffered another injury set-back in France.
The 25-year-old recently recovered from a ruptured cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for the 2020/21 season and he has now picked up another injury in training.
On Thursday, Mothiba got a knock on the same knee he had an operation on and he is expected to be out of action until August before returning ahead of the 2021/22 Ligue 1 campaign.
Speaking to the media after training, Coach Julien Stephan confirmed the news saying it’s a precautionary decision to let him fully recover.
“Lebo has several more weeks to go. It’s not a relapse, but you have to be careful, because he went a year without playing.
“He felt a small tug in his operated knee. We will take our time with him, adjust his program throughout the month of July, in particular so that he recovers muscle mass. We will see how it evolves and we will certainly consider a more extensive recovery in August.”
Its been a difficult 11 months for the former Lille striker who also missed out on the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where Bafana Bafana failed to book a ticket at the continental showpiece in Cameroon next year January.
In 53 Ligue 1 appearances for RC Strasbourg Alcace, the attacker has scored 12 league goals. He also played a crucial part to help the club clinch the Coupe de la Ligue in the 2018/19 campaign.
At international level, Mothiba made his debut under coach Stuart Baxter in 2018 scoring two goals in his first two games for Bafana Bafana. The forward has scored four times in the 14 caps he has earned for the Cosafa nation.
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By FARPost reporter