Dolly nearing Montpellier return
Posted: 19 November 2018 Time: 16:00
Bafana Bafana winger Keagan Dolly has provided a positive update regarding his injury as he nears a return to action for his Ligue 1 side Montpellier.
Dolly has been out since the middle of September – a few days after featuring for Bafana against Libya in Durban – after suffering a shin fracture just four minutes into his third club appearance of the season.
The 25-year-old has since missed two months of action with Montpellier as well as three of Bafana's recent 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers – including against Seychelles and Nigeria.
However, the former Mamelodi Sundowns speedster is now just a fortnight away from a full return to fitness as he is set to begin ball work some eight weeks after undergoing surgery.
"Obviously, it's been a while since I got injured, but I'm closer to getting back to full fitness and to joining the team," Dolly told his club's social media team.
"Hopefully this week and next week I'll start using the ball [more], and then in about two weeks I'll be ready to join the team."
Having had a tough start to the season, the Johanneburg-born attacker was also disappointed by his misfortune after getting a rare opportunity in the starting line-up.
"Obviously it was disappointing seeing that I got an opportunity to play, and then two minutes into the game I got injured," he added.
"But, ja, for me, it's part of football and it was a time for me to just take some time to focus on what's good for me.
"I think it gave me an opportunity to stay in the gym, work on my body and I'm just happy that the team has been doing well. I can't wait to join them again.
"I've been watching from the stands and at home, and it's good to see how well the guys are playing, which makes me excited to come back."
Meanwhile, Bafana have missed out on a chance at early qualification to next year's Africa Cup of Nations, having dropped points away to Seychelles last month and then again at home to Nigeria this past weekend.
But Dolly is relishing his return to help the side get past Libya in their final clash of the qualifying campaign in March next year.
"I'm also looking forward to getting back to the national team and hopefully qualify for the AFCON championship," he concluded.