Double blow for Chiefs ahead of Derby

Telkom Knockout

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has provided an injury update on his squad ahead of this weekend’s Telkom Knockout Soweto Derby.

Chiefs enter a tough week which will see them face arch-rivals Orlando Pirates twice in the space of just a week, with another league fixture against Chippa United set for Wednesday.

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Since coming from their morale-boosting win over reigning Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday as they maintained their position atop the log standings, Middendorp has disclosed what has taken place in his camp during this week.

“We started straight away with a day of rest on Monday, [for the technical team] to prepare ourselves for the upcoming week, with a lot of planning and solutions we can offer the players to go through,” explained Middendorp.

“We started on Tuesday with the mentality of not thinking about yellow cards or injuries or whether players can go into three consecutive games in one week; we just go into this as a single game and try to put the best players we have available onto the field.”

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Two players have been ruled out as a certainty, while one experienced campaigner could return to the line-up after missing the victory over Sundowns through injury.

“It looks like Bernard Parker could be back for selection; it looks like Reeve Frosler will probably not be available; Kearyn Baccus will definitely not, but we said it immediately after his injury that he will take a time of three weeks [to recover],” the German noted.

“Otherwise, good, we have experienced the substitutions coming in. So far, we are busy preparing players to take over these positions, hopefully with the same performance as we have seen lately.”

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