Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande has confirmed that the club's new signing, Teenage Hadebe, suffered a serious ankle injury and will miss the early weeks of the season.

Despite the setback, the holding midfielder was full of praise for the 21-year-old defender, suggesting he was in coach Steve Komphela's first team plans until the injury blow took place.

He told Newsday, "He got injured on Wednesday during a training session. He was pressing and twisted his ankle in the process. The injury looks really bad because the whole ankle is swollen.

"There is no fracture, but it's terrible. I understand he will be out for a maximum five weeks. It's a huge setback for his career. He had done well since joining and the coach wanted to play him. I have no doubt that he was going to make the first team because he is a quality player, one of the best defenders we have at the moment.

"It's sad because now he will have to start all over again and it will be difficult for him to come back into the team. He will have to wait for his chance."