Pitso Mosimane had made peace with the fact that striker Mauricio Affonso will miss the rest of the season, having gone under the knife earlier this month.
But with the Premier Soccer League now suspended because of the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach has an outside chance of seeing the South American forward, one of three signings at the beginning of the campaign, possibly back in action to help them in their title push.
Affonso underwent surgery on March 5 according to Mosimane and had been expected back after three months, the coaching staff saying his return date was only earmarked for pre-season in the build-up to the following term.
But the current campaign could drag on and PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has said the hope is to wrap it up by June 30, although that is dependent on how the COVID-19 is managed by the South African government and the rest of the world.
Should there be continued delays, Affonso could be back with just a few more decisive matches remaining to lift second placed Sundowns, who are four points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs in the championship race.
That would be a big plus for Mosimane, who has bemoaned not having a target man in several of their matches, including the CAF Champions League.