Sheppard out for 6-9 months

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He broke both the fibular and tibia bones just below his shinpad when he collided with James Matola, who threw his entire body at Sheppard to prevent a shot.

Analysts have been unable to ascertain whether it was Matola’s foot or knee that smashed into Sheppard’s shin as he followed through on the shot.

The SABC’s slow motion replays have not yet been able to show exactly where impact was made.

“Sheppy will probably be discharged from the hospital on Thursday,” confirms Sundowns doctor Arnold Human.

“Thereafter it will take about 8 to 12 weeks for his broken leg to heal. Thanks to modern medical science, Dillon will probably only be on crutches for a couple of weeks, after which he can walk freely thanks to the pin in his leg.

“But, from there on, his recovery to full match fitness will depend on various issues - so it’s difficult to say exactly when he will be able to play again in a PSL match, but I guess that this will take about 6 to 9 months.”