Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Arthur Zwane has confirmed that three players have suffered injuries which rule them out of the game against Sekhukhune United, while Phathutshedzo Nange is suspended.
‘10111’ has secured four points in his five games in charge but seems to have turned a corner with Amakhosi’s last two performances.
However, Chiefs will miss the likes Keagan Dolly, Kearyn Baccus and Samir Nurkovic for Saturday’s game, while Phathutshedzo Nange is suspended.
“In terms of preparations, so far so good. The boys look okay, it’s only the injuries we have that are now killing our momentum in terms of the combinations,” he said ahead of the match.
“Losing Nange, who is suspended, and Baccus, because of a thigh injury, we thought he was going to be available. We tried to push it, thinking he might pass a late fitness test, unfortunately, he could not make it and he’s not going to be available for this game.
“Keagan Dolly has a calf injury as well, which he picked up on Wednesday. He’s going to be out for 6-8 weeks. Nurkovic is going to be out with a knee injury.
“So all those injuries happened towards the end of our preparations. Now we had to reassert other things and prepare the team in terms of combination play.”
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Zwane, though, insisted that the injuries will give other fringe players in the squad a chance to shine.
“We are trying to see who can give us that balance going forward. Some responded positively, some are a little bit fringe because they have not been playing for some time now,” he added.
“So we will see who we think will give us that extra oomph or balance or better attacking options. We will maybe go for [Bernard] Parker or Lazarous [Kambole] with who we will start with.
“We welcome back Mshini [Nkosingiphile Ngcobo], but he is also not 100 percent. We’re trying to get the combinations right.
“It’s the nature of this game, where the key players are having challenges here and there due to injuries, but we will see what we can do.”
Chiefs will face Sekhukhune at the Emirates Airline Park at 15:30 on Saturday. Amakhosi enter the game with 43 points in fourth place and need a win to keep their slim hopes of qualifying for a CAF competition alive.
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