Baxter gives Chiefs squad injury update


Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has provided an injury update ahead of this weekend's clash against Royal AM, while shedding light on Siyabonga Ngezana's recovery.

Chiefs will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns when they play host to Royal AM on Saturday evening.

Ahead of the match, head coach Stuart Baxter confirmed that Dumisani Zuma and Leonardo Castro are all still sidelined through injury but that Lebogang Manyama will once again be available from the bench.

"We've got Zuma out still, I think he's just started running," Baxter said on Thursday. "We've got Leo Castro who is still recovering from his operation. He had quite a bad one.

"Lebo Manyama is on his way back so he's selectable but we can't call him 100% yet. We're integrating him. On top of that, I don't think we've got too much at the moment."

Baxter also shed light on the recovery of Ngezana, who has not played for the Amakhosi since last season's CAF Champions League semi-final against Wydad Casablanca.

"He's got a serious injury," the former Bafana Bafana coach added. "He was selectable in the Wydad games for me and then after that, I don't think he was selectable.

"He's had a serious injury, he's had an operation and all sorts of treatment, prognoses and diagnoses and he's at the point where he's still hobbling and jogging around the pitch at the moment."

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