Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has provided an update on the expected return of goalkeeper and club captain Itumeleng Khune.
Khune has been absent from the pitch since suffering a shoulder injury in December last year that required surgery, subsequently ruling him out for six months.
The 32-year-old has been back in training throughout the pre-season, but was withdrawn from the Carling Black Label Cup that took place over the weekend after the medical department felt he was not yet ready for competition.
Middendorp has since provided an estimate of when the Bafana Bafana shotstopper could be back in action, while lauding Itu’s efforts over the past few weeks.
“The medical side confirmed that Itu will definitely be available in August for selection. We have to look now from a training perspective how soon we can bring him into the area that he feels comfortable,” explained the German.
“We have to prepare him, and this is a decision on an experienced goalkeeper at this level, in co-operation with goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter, we have to decide and find out, is it in two weeks? Is it in three weeks?
“But definitely in August he’ll be available, I’m quite sure. He looks very good; very impressive. I haven’t really seen it before but he had an outstanding contribution during our camp, where we worked hard from 8 o’ clock ever morning until 7:30pm every day.
“There was no day off; there was no half day off. On the field and off the field, I think I’ve seen an outstanding contribution from Itu Khune, and I’m very happy that he can be part of the team regularly. It’s an outstanding contribution that we will expect to see in the games when he’s in [the field of play].”