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KickOff.com understands that Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango’s injury is not as severe as initially feared despite going under the knife.

Onyango was forced out with a finger injury on the day Sundowns wrapped up the title on May 26 against SuperSport United, and subsequently missed the last three games against Swallows, Bloemfontein Celtic and Cape Town City.

The 36-year-old was taken to hospital straight after the match but is now out of any danger. 

This website has been told that Onyango has since done minor surgery and is due another scan in six weeks to assess potential ligament damage.

"It was not a fracture but rather a bone moving out of its normal position, and they have now put it back in place. Denis now has stitches following the minor surgery that was done to get the bones back in the normal position of the joint," says a source.

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"The healing process will take six weeks after which another scan will be done to assess whether the ligament is damaged. For now, he has a bandage to keep the joint together.

"It looked bad at the time when it happened because the bone came out of position, but the good part was that it wasn’t fractured. He should be able to report for pre-season."

In the absence of the former Ugandan international, Sundowns collected their 11th top flight league championship and winners medals on Saturday.

Onyango now shares a record of eight league titles in South Africa with teammate and club skipper Hlompho Kekana, and picked up the DStv Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season award for his 15 clean sheets in 25 appearances.

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