Chiefs Soweto Derby blow confirmed

Premiership

With Khama Billiat already ruled out, Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed another injury blow ahead of this weekend's Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates.

Chiefs and Pirates are set to square off for a third time this season in a DStv Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon (15h30).

With just four points separating the two sides in fifth and seventh position respectively, a resurgent Amakhosi will be hoping to avenge their 5-0 aggregate defeat to the Buccaneers in the MTN8 semi-final a few months ago.

However, Hunt has already confirmed that defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele will not be fit for the third game running after sustaining a hamstring injury last week.

"Rama has, you know, had a decent season with us so far, so that's been a bit of a blow because that's areas of the field I don't really want to change, and we've had to change in the last two games," Hunt told the media.

"I think it also affected us [against Baroka] but, I mean, we need to be better. But he's a blow, and then Bernard [Parker] coming back gives you another option. That's pretty much it."

Parker's return follows his two-match suspension after picking up a red card in their 3-0 win over Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila last week.

Also ruled out of the clash is Khama Billiat, who is only expected back in mid-March after suffering a leg fracture midway through January.

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