Middendorp raises Castro doubts


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has hinted that striker Leonardo Castro could sit out of their upcoming fixture against Polokwane City.

Chiefs will return to action on Saturday afternoon at Loftus Versfeld, where they visit Rise and Shine for their second fixture of the 2019/20 season restart.

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Coming off their 1-1 draw with Bidvest Wits in midweek, which was their first fixture in five months, Amakhosi were not spared a few injuries that forced Middendorp's hand in substitutions.

Most notable of these was that of Castro, who lasted just 56 minutes before limping off with what looked like a hamstring injury, and the German tactician has since admitted he may not be ready for this weekend's outing against City.

"What's a bit more serious could be Leonardo Castro – it will be very close to get him right for Saturday," Middendorp told the media.

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"The other ones are Yagan [Sasman] and Kgotso [Moleko]. It was a normal situation of cramping a little bit, it's not a hamstring or rupture or any injury,"

"It was just cramping with the 90-minute competitive game on a field. Let's be honest, at the moment as you can see the fields all over are probably not such a carpet that you expect.

"But everybody has the same circumstances to battle with and I think majority of the players who had to be taken off [against Wits] will be available for Saturday.

"It doesn't mean we have to play with the same players, there are others with quality that can start the game – whether it's Kearyn Baccus, Reeve Frosler or some other guys, we'll find the right decisions."

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