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Vina Maphosa downplays Kaizer Chiefs injury headache

Posted: 9 December 2016 Time: 13:40

Kaizer Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa has provided a discreet update on the injuries within the squad ahead of their fixture next week.

Amakhosi will square off with Bloemfontein Celtic in their antepenultimate fixture of 2017 at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday, December 14.

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Steve Komphela's side have been without midfielder William Twala, who sustained an ankle injury in their Telkom Knockout clash against Free State Stars last month.

Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune watched on from the bench as Brilliant Khuzwayo was beaten three times in their defeat to Chippa United last weekend, after being substituted due to a back injury in their 1-1 draw at home to Cape Town City.

Meanwhile, veteran left-back Tsepo Masilela was another absentee in their last outing despite the suspension of Sibusiso Khumalo, but Maphosa was quick to write off any serious damage to the 31-year-old.

"The injuries will be monitored until Tuesday, when we will provide a final update [on who is available and who is not]," Maphosa tells KickOff.com.

"Tsepo was out [of the last] because of a niggling injury, but it's all a work in progress."

They will definitely be without midfield workhorse Willard Katsande, who faces a one-match suspension after accumulating four yellow cards, and Khumalo, who will serve the second of his two-match red card suspension.

The Glamour Boys are in dire need of a victory to avoid equaling their worst run of results of the PSL-era, which they endured back in the 2001/02 season under Muhsin Ertugral.

However, Maphosa believes the team are ready to give their supporters some festive cheer as they look to end the year on a high, starting with the game against Siwelele.

"It's a big game for us at home on Wednesday, and the players are optimistic," he adds. "We would like to wrap up the year on a high and make our supporters happy going into the festive season."

Tickets for the clash are on sale at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets nationwide, at a cost of R40.

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Article by: Chad Klate
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