The South African Olympic and world 400m champion will miss 2018 Commonwealth Games due to a serious knee injury sustained while playing a celebrity tag rugby game in Cape Town.
This, just days after tying the knot with Chesney Campbell at a low-key ceremony.
The athlete will undergo knee surgery for tearing his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament. He faces six months of rehabilitation.
World 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk is set to undergo knee surgery & will miss the first half of the 2018 campaign #SSAthletics— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) October 31, 2017
He will not be able to represent SA at Commonwealth Games where he was tiped to win the 100m and 200m double in Gold Coast in April.
But Van Niekerk remained upbeat on Twitter assuring fans he will be back fit and strong.
Thanks to all for the kind wishes!Sadly I announce now that I'll be off the track for a while.Will be back stronger! https://t.co/grvzwspVEn— Wayde van Niekerk (@WaydeDreamer) October 31, 2017
We wish Wayde a speedy recovery.