Chiefs' title hopes dealt big injury knock

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Kaizer Chiefs' Absa Premiership title hopes have been dealt a knock with confirmation that one of their key players has been ruled out at least until April.

Chiefs have nine games to wrap the title race up and clinch their first trophy since May 2015, but they will have to march on without the services of midfielder Willard Katsande.

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Katsande is set to miss their next three clashes, beginning with this weekend's home tie against relegation-threatened AmaZulu, title rivals Bidvest Wits and top-eight candidates Bloemfontein Celtic.

This after coach Ernst Middendorp confirmed the extent of the 34-year-old's knee injury picked up in their recenet Soweto Derby victory over Orlando Pirates last weekend.

“Willard is out, I think, for the games at least in March. I expect him to be back in the beginning of April,” confirmed Middendorp.

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“That’s a big loss? Ja, how he put himself with the dominance in the middle of the park, I would day he is definitely one of the core players who contributed week-in, week-out in a very proper way.

“Good, it is not about crying now, we have to find a solution and we have to replace him, and it is not really a welcomed scenario, but we can’t change it.”

Meanwhile, positive news was provided around the injuries of Leonardo Castro and Lebogang Manyama, who also went off injured at FNB Stadium last Saturday.

"Lebo Manyama, who got a knock on the calf muscle, and Leonardo Castro, who got a knock to his back - there were certain issues and challenges, but both have been since Wednesday fully in the training sessions and are fully available," he added.

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