Mahlasela joined Chiefs from Bloemfontein Celtic, as part of a swap deal plus cash that saw defender Lorenzo Gordinho go on loan in the opposite direction, a fortnight ago.
However, in his first training session with his new teammates, the 26-year-old winger suffered a bad injury after "his knee got into a bad position after an unlucky tackle,” according to Chiefs physio David Milner.
The club have since released a statement to confirm that Mahlasela will be out of action for up to four months, suggesting he might well only make his Amakhosi debut next season.
Player Injuries— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) January 15, 2018
Kabelo Mahlasela will be out of action for four months. The procedure to repair a tear in his meniscus inside the knee went well.
Mahlasela incurred the freak injury in his first training with the team.
We wish Mahlasela a speedy recovery.