Kaizer Chiefs endured a tough seven days as they went through three games and paid the price with several key players suffering injuries.
The likes of Samir Nurkovic only made it through 45 minutes against AmaZulu before picking up a knock to the head, while Itumeleng Khune, who only just made a return from a nine-month lay-off, was forced off in his second appearance against Baroka.
George Maluleka, Reeve Frosler, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Kearyn Baccus also picked up muscle strains, but all this did not stop Chiefs from picking nine points from a possible nine.
Thankfully for coach Ernst Middendorp, the FIFA break comes at an opportune time as he expects a full return from most of his charges this week.
“We will collect our players’ injuries and what we picked up in the last three games, it’s not a big deal,” said Middendorp.
“Kearyn Baccus got a knock and thought it would get better, but like Reeve Frosler, George Maluleka, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Kgotso Moleko, Samir Nurkovic – they will all start on Monday.
“So, we will regroup and start afresh with this same ambition as the last three games to collect as much points as possible, and I think we achieved those goals.”