Khune not ready for pre-season

Kaizer Chefs have provided an update on their injured trio of Itumeleng Khune, Happy Mashiane and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

Chiefs have on Tuesday confirmed that their pre-season preparations would get underway on Wednesday, June 26, with everyone – including new signing Lazarous Kambole – set to report for medical and fitness tests.

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While the diminished squad, excluding the eight players released in recent weeks, are set to take to the field at the Kaizer Chiefs Village, the club confirmed that their skipper has not yet been given the medical green-light.

Khune suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery in December last year, and was subsequently ruled out of the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Mashiane and Ngcobo were also ruled out for the majority of the second half of the season with toe and Achilles injuries respectively, while the former is set to resume training but the latter will continue with rehabilitation.

"Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is progressing well on his journey back to fitness after a long absence due to a shoulder injury," read a statement from the club.

"Happy Mashiane on the other hand is ready to resume training after a long absence due to a toe injury.

"Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is also making great progress as he works on his recovery from an Achilles injury but is not expected to join his teammates in full training during this pre-season.

"The medical team will assess the trio throughout the pre-season and give an update on their anticipated return and readiness to participate in competitive matches."

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