Khune ruled out over Covid protocols

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has confirmed that Itumeleng Khune will play no part in this weekend's Soweto Derby due to the Covid-19 protocols.

Chiefs are set to face rivals Orlando Pirates for a fourth time this season and will be looking to avoid a fourth straight Derby defeat under Hunt.

The 56-year-old tactician has confirmed that he will be without the services of Khune, who remains out since the tragic passing of his sister a fortnight ago. 

Lebogang Manyama, who is suspended, as well as Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat will also be missing due to injury, while "one or two other players" are recovering from niggles and in a fitness race for Sunday's encounter at FNB Stadium.

"Ja, Khune is not available. He's still going through all the [Covid-19] protocols of when you come back after obviously having been at a funeral and that, so he won't be available," said Hunt.

"Castro won't be back; Khama is obviously still out; Lebo Manyama is suspended. And we have one or two other little problems, which hopefully will come right by Sunday."

Khune's absence means he will remain stuck on 27 Soweto Derby appearances, while Pirates skipper Happy Jele could feature in his 31st 'El Kasico' to equal Siphiwe Tshabalala's all-time record.

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