Billiat set for new year return

Posted: 19 December 2018 Time: 11:16 am

Kaizer Chiefs have provided an injury update from their medical department regarding seven players ahead of their final game of 2018.

Forward Khama Billiat and defender Mario Booysen were both in doubt for their visit to Madagascan outfit Elgeco Plus this weekend, with team physiotherapist Dave Milner now confirming Billiat will miss the CAF Confederation Cup fixture.

"Khama has a hip adductor muscle strain. He will be rested for two weeks to recover," Milner told his club's website.

"Mario Booysen was another concern from the Elgeco match, but he has been cleared to fully train from Wednesday.”

Chiefs take a healthy 3-0 lead into the first round second leg tie scheduled for Saturday afternoon, leaving room for the absence of their talisman, who is likely to return for the Mamelodi Sundowns contest on January 5.

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Meanwhile, midfield duo George Maluleka and Philani Zulu are in doubt for the trip to Anatananarivo, with the former having already missed out on the first leg while the latter suffered a facial fracture after scoring the opener in Durban last weekend.

"George has a hamstring muscle strain. He will be out for one week. Philani fractured a bone in his face. He had to have minor surgery and we are awaiting the report to inform us of the extent of the injury,” Milner added.

Coach Ernst Middendorp will still have to make do with his limited options in defence as Erick Mathoho has been ruled out for another three weeks and Ramahlwe Mphahlele continues rehabilitation on a knee ailment.

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Milner also expects utility midfielder Joseph Molangoane to return from his broken shin by February next year.

“'Tower' [Mathoho] will be in plaster for another three weeks before he starts with his rehabilitation programme. 'Rama' has started rehabilitation on the knee and is doing very well.  

“We hope to have him [Molangoane] back in the next four to six weeks," he concluded.

Middendorp, though, does have striker Ryan Moon back in full training after he recovered from a fracture under the eye socket.

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Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)

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