Vilakazi hopes for early return from injury for Downs

Vilakazi hopes for early return from injury for Downs

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi has hinted he is hopeful of returning from injury this season despite suffering with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Vilakazi suffered the injury blow while on international duty with Bafana Bafana in the lead up to the back-to-back matches against Seychelles in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The player underwent surgery in October and has since been confined to a moon boot and crutches.

The 28-year-old has reportedly started rehabilitation and is optimistic he can return in 2018/19 despite estimates suggesting he will be out for the rest of the season.

Speaking at the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge on Tuesday, he said: "Day by day there's progress, so I take it a day at the time.

"The little you do at rehab makes a difference. Maybe the earliest can be next month. Nobody knows.

"You can't do anything [from the sidelines]. You just have to focus on what you can do.

"The only thing I can do is focus on my recovery, so I can't do anything in influencing how my team performs. They are a huge motivation when I am watching them."