Chiefs in crisis following Nurkovic blow


Kaizer Chiefs face the daunting task of going up against Marumo Gallants without star striker Samir Nurkovic, further weakening an already threadbare front-line.

According to the club, Nurkovic underwent an operation on Wednesday to repair his meniscus in his right knee and will not be involved in the trip to Peter Mokaba Stadium for the tie against Gallants (17:00).

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"I have had this injury niggling me for a while now – the medical team felt it was best to get the operation done. Further assessments will be done after the operation. The medical team will give me a timeline on the recovery process after that," Nurkovic told the club website.

The Serbian has had a difficult start to the season having not scored so far this season in the opening five matches that he has featured in. With transfer speculation also hanging over his head in the previous months.

Last season Nurkovic also experienced a slow start due to contractual matters and an injury that caused the attacker to miss the first 14 games, before ultimately scoring just six in 32 appearances.

With Nurkovic out, AmaKhosi’s attack will now be thinner as Leonardo Castro remains injured while Lazarous Kambole is transfer-listed.

Castro is closing in on a return as he has started jogging as he works his way back to fitness.  

Chiefs are now forced to depend on Khama Billiat, Lebogang Manyama and Bernard Parker as their options in attack if they choose not to utilise using Kambole.

Also out injured for the Gallants clash is the quartet of Siyabonga Ngezana, Dumisani Zuma, Phathutshedzo Nange and Kgaogelo Sekgota.

Nange and Sekgota both picked injuries in the humiliation by Royal AM last week while Ngezana and Zuma have been on the casualty list for a while now.

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