However, he sought a second opinion, and Pirates’ website reports the injury is nowhere near as serious as was first thought.
Back in 2010, Jali was ruled out of the World Cup in South Africa after being diagnosed with a heart problem. That too was later discovered to be an unnecessary precaution – however the diagnosis came too late and he missed out on the tournament.
“Initial tests from MRI scans revealed that Jali would be out for six months due to a serious shoulder injury however, upon the club seeking a second opinion on the injury, results indicate that Jali has not damaged any ligaments," Pirates' website reports.
“The results from the scans further reveal that due to the swelling on the shoulder: ‘The first readings would always guide to the initial conclusion. There is no damage on the muscle, nor structural damage of any sort. The injury was on a soft tissue, which is a normal injury.’
“Orlandopiratesfc.com can therefore confirm that Jali will from now have to work on strengthening is shoulder and fight for a place in the team ahead of the MTN8 Final against Platinum Stars in Durban on Saturday evening.”
Pirates coach Roger de Sa previously said he was hoping for an early return from injury for Jali, and it seems he was on the right track.