Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter is set to field a new defensive midfielder to take on Namibia on Friday after Dean Furman was reportedly ruled out with a knee injury.
The tough-tackling Furman was injured in the 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast on Monday.
The Soccer Laduma website reported on Thursday that the SuperSport United star will not feature against their neighbours after sitting out the last two training sessions.
Baxter will most likely choose between Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana and French-based Bongani Zungu as a replacement for Furman in the must-win clash against Namibia at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo (10pm SA time kickoff).
The South Africans face another tough encounter against Morocco on Monday, so Namibia are regarded as the easiest of the three teams in the group.