Mamelodi Sundowns' DStv Diski Challenge top scorer has suffered an injury setback which has threatened to derail his promising start to the season.
Jerome Karelse, who has netted seven times for the young Brazilians this season was a notable absentee in his side’s 3-2 loss to Orlando Pirates as the reserve league resumed last weekend.
The youngster who hails from the Northern Cape underwent successful surgery after suffering a broken arm in a training session with the club just after returning from the December festive break.
Karelse has been setting the scene alight for coach Surprise Moriri’s side this season, netting three consecutive braces this campaign, the first player to do so in the reserve league.
Information made available to the Siya crew is that Karelse is expected to be out for a period of two to six weeks - or even longer, with indications of a return to the field around March, which is a blow for Sundowns.
Despite the injury setback suffered by Karelse, Moriri has been full of praise for his side’s top scorer this season.
“We try by all means to see these boys making progress. If you are a striker, you have to tick all the boxes. Strikers must score goals which is what he has been doing. Karelse’s primary objective has been to score goals which is good for the team,” the Downs legend told SuperSport about his star striker in part last year.
Downs reserves currently sit in fifth place on the DStv Diski Challenge standings after 12 matches played.