Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler says it could be another month or so before midfielder Lebogang Manyama makes his return. 

The Mother City outfit signed their former captain following his departure from Kaizer Chiefs in June but he arrived needing to undergo surgery on an injured knee.

Manyama battled with injuries in the final few months of his Chiefs spell and Tinkler shed light on what continues to keep the player in the recovery room.

“Lebo is going for an appointment on Monday with the doctor, who will then tell us exactly where he is in terms of his rehabilitation, but I don’t see it happening that he’ll be back soon,” said Tinkler

“It was a knee injury that he had, similar to what Terrence [Mashego] had. But his rehab is taking a little bit longer than expected.

“[It could be] maybe another month or two, possibly, before we see Lebo Manyama back in action.”

“But that’s me, the doctor might tell us something different.”

The coach also elaborated on why another midfielder in Thabo Nodada appears to have fallen down the pecking order this season.

“Thabo started the season very well and then picked up a knock and an injury and then was out.

Unfortunately for him, Brice [Ambina] started playing very well, Thato Mokeke is doing well, and that’s what competition is all about,” he explained.

“[It’s about] waiting for your opportunity and, when it comes, you grab it with both hands and then ensure that the others are the ones now on the other end of the stick.”

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