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Under The Knife! Hlanti’s Long Recovery Revealed…

Sifiso Hlanti will begin his long road to recovery, having now gone under the knife following an Achilles tendon rapture he suffered in training.  

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter had revealed to the media two weeks ago ahead of the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates that the left back would be sidelined for months after his teammates witnessed him suffer an excruciating injury during one of their sessions.

The Englishman immediately ruled Hlanti out for the rest of the season, though the Bafana Bafana star had not yet had his surgery.

Word reaching the Siya crew is that 31-year-old has finally had his operation and the early report is that he is set to miss at least five months of action, and even if he recovers before the end of the season in May, to get fit again will take him a while.

It is probably safe then to assume Hlanti will only play for Chiefs next season, leaving Baxter short of experienced players in that position.

Hlanti joined the club at the start of the season having spent the previous one at Swallows, where he’d been sent by Chiefs because he couldn’t be registered then due to the two-window FIFA transfer ban.

His hopes of having an immediate impact have now been dashed with the campaign barely at the halfway point.  

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