French team Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace has shown support for Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Mothiba after he sustained a severe knee injury over the weekend.
Lebo Mothiba Out Of Action With A Horror Knee Injury
Mothiba suffered a serious injury on Sunday, December 17, 2023, during a match against Lorient. He fractured his patella (kneecap) in the final minutes of the game and had to be substituted.
Mothiba underwent successful surgery and has commenced his recovery journey. However, the gravity of the injury, a patellar fracture, makes it challenging for him to straighten his knee or walk. Recovery from such fractures typically takes three to six months, with more severe cases requiring even more time. Those affected are usually advised to avoid activities that strain the knee joint, such as climbing stairs, squatting, or kneeling.
In a gesture of solidarity, Mothiba’s teammates wore ‘Courage Lebo’ t-shirts before their league match against Lille, a game they won.
Strasbourg supporters present at the match also held up messages of encouragement for the 28-year-old striker, who is now ruled out of the upcoming African Cup Of Nations (Afcon) in the Ivory Coast.
Teammate Lucas Perrin expressed his admiration for Mothiba before the game, stating:
“Lebo is someone I adore enormously. He always has a smile, he is kind to everyone. It’s super frustrating for him. We hope to win for him tomorrow. We are all behind him!”
The injury presents additional challenges for Bafana Bafana, as Mothiba was part of the 50-man preliminary squad for the AFCON. His absence, coupled with England-based striker Lyle Foster being ruled out due to mental health challenges, poses a dilemma for national team coach Hugo Broos. Despite Foster’s return to action, playing the second half of a 2-0 home loss to Everton, he is not expected to be available for Mzansi in Ivory Coast.