Cape Town City hardman Taariq Fielies has been ruled out for at least six months following a botched appendix operation.
It is believed that Fielies went to a state hospital for this operation, which did not go according to plan.
City chairman John Comitis confirmed the news, saying Fielies never informed the club about his situation until he had the operation.
"Only when he went back to Groote Schuur hospital due to the malfunction did he tell us about his situation," Comitis explains to KickOff.com.
"I then moved him to Christiaan Barnard [private hospital] for a full evaluation, he was there for four days. After they managed to put him on the recovery we moved him back to Groote Schuur for the rehabilitation."
The City boss has also urged his players to come forward should something similar happen to one of them, saying he would move mountains for his players and wants them in the best health possible.
"We need to help and support and the team needs him asap. I think this will take about three to four months. Yes, he is a big loss for the team. We’re also continuing the ongoing recovery of Keano [Cupido] and Kouassi [Kouadja]."
The Citizens kick off their Absa Premiership campaign with an away clash against their bogey team Baroka FC on August 3 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.