Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi is hopeful of returning from injury this season despite suffering with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Vilakazi suffered the injury while on international duty with Bafana Bafana in the lead up to the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying matches against Seychelles.
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 side-lines]. 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."