Kaizer Chiefs may as well be running a casualty ward on the side, with the number of players currently out injured, but coach Ernst Middendorp does not expect any new additions to his squad in the current transfer window.
Big-name players such as captain Itumeleng Khune, Bafana defenders Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Eric Mathoho and Zimbabwean international Willard Katsande are all enduring some time on the sidelines, but the German tactician believes there is enough depth in the squad.
“Everybody must be prepared to take on the role as we have experienced players, about four or five including Khune, [who] are not available [due to injuries],” he is quoted by The Sowetan.
Kaizer Chiefs injury list
Itumeleng Khune – shoulder injury
Willard Katsande – hamstring
Joseph Malongoane – ankle
Wiseman Meyiwa – knee and elbow
Ramahlwe Mphahlele – groin
Eric Mathoho – groin
Players linked with a move to Naturena
Kaizer Chiefs have been linked with several players, which include former Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Matlaba and Bidvest Wits’ young right back, Reeve Frosler, as well as Bafana left-back, Sifiso Hlanti, who also plies his trade at the 2016/17 league champions.
The three players were expected to shore up the fullback positions, which have been left thin with the absence of Malongoane and Mphalele through injuries.
With Khune out for the rst of the season, Amakhosi have also been linked with a couple of goalkeepers, including out-of-favour Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper, Thela Ngobeni.
Busy times ahead for Amakhosi
The club resumed their league campaign at the beginning of the year with a 2-1 home defeat to defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, before bouncing back with an impressive 2-0 win over current log-leaders, Wits.
Their next fixture is in the Caf Confederations Cup, where they travel to Zambia to meet ZESCO United at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.
Amakhosi’s next league game is against AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium, and was originally scheduled for Tuesday, 15 January before being moved back to the following day due to the club’s continental commitments.
Chiefs are currently fifth on the PSL log with 24 points, having played 17 matches, winning six, and suffering five defeats, with the one to Sundowns the sole loss under the watch of Middendorp.