Percy Tau is among the players facing withdrawal from the Bafana Bafana squad.
The England-based Tau may not travel home for the final two fixtures of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this month – against Ghana at FNB Stadium on March 25 and Sudan in Khartoum on March 28.
According to a Fifa circular on Covid-19, clubs are not expected to release players if there is a “mandatory period of quarantine or self-isolation of at least five days upon arrival”.
English Premiership club Brighton and Hove Albion are unlikely to release Tau for national duty while English Championship side Carlisle may also not release Dean Furman.
French Ligue 1 side Montpellier have already ruled out Keagan Dolly, Bongani Zungu will also not be released at Scotland side Rangers FC while Thulani Serero is doubtful.
Ghana are also facing similar challenges as some of their European-based stars, Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew, may not honour call-ups.
Injuries have also been unkind of Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki with the likes of Kermit Erasmus and Bradley Grobler in sickbay.
He is set to announce further replacements on Monday.
A piece of good news is that the Portugal-based trio of Thibang Phete‚ Luther Singh and Lyle Foster as well as Israel-based Siyanda Xulu will be available.
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