Bafana coach Stuart Baxter sweating over Itumeleng Khune and Andile Jali
Posted: 8 November 2017 Time: 13:44
Itumeleng Khune completed his first training session with Bafana Bafana on Wednesday morning, as preparations for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal intensified.
There’s been major concern over the injury Khune picked up in Kaizer Chiefs' Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash against Chippa United on Sunday.
He arrived in camp on Wednesday morning after seeing two specialists for the broken bones in his face and looks set to feature in the crunch game against the Lions of Teranga.
Khune spent the first few minutes of the training session running around the Peter Mokaba Stadium pitch on his own. He went down with what looked to be a shoulder injury, but Bafana coach Stuart Baxter said there is no reason to be worried.
“Itu arrived this morning. He’s done some coordination work to test his vision. This afternoon he will be getting his mask and we will be testing him diving to see if there is any possibility at all,” said Baxter.
“At the moment it’s impossible to say because his vision is not impaired greatly, but we don’t know how the mask is going to affect that when he is banging himself on the ground. But we will check that this afternoon.”
Baxter later said: “He [Khune] has had a chronic shoulder problem all season, so that’s nothing new. It’s something that he has to manage by icing it down every time he plays. The main issue with Khune is his eye.”
Midfielder Andile Jali, meanwhile, was taken off during the training session.
“Andile had to come off, which is unfortunate. He’s out for the first game anyway, so it’s not a blow for this game. It would certainly be unfortunate if it lingers on. I think he just turned his ankle a little bit.”