Bafana Bafana striker, Lars Veldwijk, looks set to sit out the rest of this season after his own club decided to suspend him following a fallout with his head coach.
Veldwijk signed for Groningen at the start of the 2017/18 campaign and had scored four goals in eight starts for the club as he looked to rekindle his scoring form in Holland following tough spells in Belgium and England.
However, the 26-year-old’s future at the club was thrown into question last month when his coach said that he had refused to come on as a substitute against ADO Den Haag, an accusation that Veldwijk went on to deny publically.
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The forward hasn’t even been in the matchday squad since those events unfolded, and it was confirmed by his head coach, Ernest Faber, over the weekend that his season is over.
Speaking to FOX Sports at the weekend, Faber said, “This season he will not be back in the selection. I think I've been clear about that, in the end, we have to go ahead and make sure we finish the season well, nothing else.”
Veldwijk joins the list of South Africans contracted to clubs overseas but not playing, with Tokelo Rantie at Genclerbirligi and Mandla Masango at Randers both in limbo at present without game-time.
The attacker, who qualifies to play for Bafana due to his South African father, has 74 goals to his name since the start of the 2011/12 season, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be adding to that tally at any point in the coming months.