Kaizer Chiefs have provided an update on the progress of injured duo Happy Mashiane and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Mashiane and Ngcobo were promoted from the Chiefs reserve team earlier this year and made a lasting impression in the handful of appearances they made prior to falling injured.
Mashiane was initially said to be out for four weeks with a foot injury, before it was later confirmed that the 21-year-old would miss the rest of the season with a broken toe.
Though he made just two league and two Nedbank Cup appearances last season, the Amakhosi full-back showed glimpses of massive potential down the left flank and supporters will be delighted to learn that he has since recovered.
“Happy Mashiane has recovered from a toe injury and has joined the team in full training during this preseason,” read a statement on Chiefs’ website.
“The medical team confirmed that Mashiane has recovered as he joined the team in full training and is ready to take to the field.”
Meanwhile, Ngcobo, who rose to prominence with Amajita at the 2018 Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger last year, suffered an Achilles injury that also saw him miss the rest of the season as well as the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.
The 19-year-old starlet, who had been captaining the club’s Multichoice Diski Challenge team, made just two appearances for the senior team but many already see him as a long-term fit in The Glamour Boys’ midfield.
However, he will have to wait a while longer before returning to the pitch based on information from the club’s physiotherapist Dave Milner.
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has started with the jogging phase in the process of recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered in March during a 1-1 drawn match against SuperSport United.
“Ngcobo will still need to go through a strengthening phase,” said Milner. “He is doing well though, considering that the Achilles normally can take a bit of time to recover.
“We are looking at September to have him joining his teammates on the ball.”