Baxter reveals Chiefs’ Castro plan

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Stuart Baxter has revealed his plans for Leonardo Castro after the Colombian forward made his long-awaited return to action for Kaizer Chiefs over the weekend.

Castro made his first appearance of the season during Kaizer Chiefs' 1-0 DStv Premiership win over Maritzburg United on Sunday after spending the last five months on the sidelines through injury.

The 32-year-old's last outing for the club came in June when the Amakhosi defeated Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League semi-final, but he has not featured since and previously required surgery.

He made his long-awaited return on Sunday, however, when he was introduced as a late substitute during Amakhosi's victory over the Team of Choice, coming on in the 86th-minute in place of Keagan Dolly.

His return was welcomed by club coach Stuart Baxter, who also revealed that he would be adopting a cautious approach towards Castro's eventual return to the starting XI.

"Nice to see Leo Castro back on the field," Baxter said after the match.

"He's not ready by a long way yet but I'm hoping to give him 10 minutes, 10 minutes, 10 minutes [in the coming games] and then see how quickly we can get him back."

Castro joined Chiefs from domestic rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in 2018 and has since scored 19 goals in 77 league appearances for the Soweto giants.

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