South Africa goalkeeper Emile Baron looks set to miss the 2010 FIFA World Cup in his home country after undergoing surgery on his shoulder.

The 30-year-old sustained the injury in mid-March while he was away with Bafana Bafana at a national training camp in Brazil.

The SuperSport United custodian was initially told the injury may heal in time, but his club have now confirmed it is unlikely he will be fit before the 11 June kick-off after he went under the knife last Wednesday.

Baron, who as also played for Norwegian club Lillestrom and Kaizer Chiefs, has six caps for South Africa, but was only expected to be a back-up to first choice goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune at the finals.