Promising Kaizer Chiefs forward Emmanuel Letlotlo has suffered a major blow ahead of the new season after suffering a long-term injury during pre-season training.
The 21-year-old was expected to be a more prominent figure under manager Steve Komphela following the departure’s of forward’s Edward Manqele, David Zulu, Siphelele Mthembu, Lewis Macha, Cameldine Abraw and the transfer-listing of Michelle Katsvairo.
However, Amakhosi confirmed the news on their official website on Monday, revealing the Academy graduate ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament which will rule him out for most of the new season.
“Letlotlo hurt his knee during training,” read the statement. “He will undergo surgery, which is scheduled for Friday.
“It means that the talented striker will be out for six to nine months.”
Head coach Steve Komphela will now only have Gustavo Paez, Ryan Moon, Bernard Parker and Itumeleng Shopane as forward options.