Kaizer Chiefs are facing a growing injury list in the lead-up to their DStv Premiership match against TS Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.
Amakhosi will have to negotiate a run of fixtures without the services of a number of key players, some of whom are out of action for several weeks.
Speaking ahead of the game in Nelspruit, coach Arthur Zwane tells www.kaizerchiefs.com, “We lost two of our right-backs in the same game. Reeve (Frosler) has gone for an operation so he’s going to be out for at least six weeks. Khama (Billiat) has also gone for surgery, as has Nkosingiphile Ngcobo. Cole (Alexander) is still not ready to come back. He started jogging this week.”
The coach doesn’t hide his concern for the state of affairs, although he remains confident that the talent still at his disposal is capable of stepping into the breach.
“We have never had such a situation in the team and it is quite disturbing,” he says, “but it’s part of the game and we’re not going to dwell on it and complain. We still have playing personnel that can go out and execute the plan.”
Club physiotherapist, David Milner added some further detail regarding the nature of the injuries and the prognoses for the return to action of the players mentioned by Coach Zwane, explaining, “Currently, our injury list consists of Khama Billiat, who had surgery to repair a torn groin muscle. He’ll be out for the rest of the season. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo tore a thigh muscle and needed quite extensive surgery on it. He’ll be out for about three to four months.
“Reeve Frosler had a fracture to his jaw which then had to get wired together. He’ll be out for between six and eight weeks.Dillan Solomons dislocated his left shoulder. It looks like he’ll be able to be treated conservatively and we expect him to be back in four to six weeks.”
On a more positive note Milner suggests that one key player is not far from full recovery.
“Cole Alexander has come out of the moon boot. He has started running again and we are hoping to get him back into training soon and then we’ll progress from there,” he says, optimistically.