Dino Ndlovu's remarkable start to the season in Turkey has been interrupted after the striker suffered a cruel injury blow, the full extent of which has now been revealed.
Ndlovu is currently the leading goalscorer in the Turkish 1. Lig where he has scored nine goals in 12 appearances since joining Kocaelispor at the start of the season.
However, the 31-year-old is set for a spell on the sidelines after it was confirmed that he had suffered a hamstring tear during the club's 1-0 defeat to Bandırmaspor last weekend.
Ndlovu was forced off in the 44th-minute of the match after an awkward reach for a ball played in behind him resulted in the unfortunate injury.
"As a result of the examination performed by the Medical Park Hospital and MRI taken of our football player Dino Ndlovu, who was injured in the RH Bandırmaspor competition, a 2nd-degree tear was detected in the left posterior hamstring muscle, and the treatment of our player has started," the club said in a statement.
No timeline has been placed on his recovery but it is anticipated that Ndlovu could miss between four to eight weeks of football whilst he undergoes his rehabilitation.
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