Kaizer Chiefs are sweating on the fitness of two key players going into this weekend’s bumper clash with Mamelodi Sundowns, with the Soweto Derby also in the back of their minds.
Both Kearyn Baccus and Bernard Parker had to be stretchered off in the come-from-behind Telkom Knockout win over Cape Town City this past weekend, and the duo are both doubtful for the vital encounter with Masandawana on Sunday afternoon.
While the pair are unlikely to feature against Sundowns this weekend, it would also appear that they could also be doubts for the massive double-header against Orlando Pirates, with the two sides clashing in consecutive weekends in the Telkom Knockout and then Absa Premiership.
Baccus (ankle and knee injury) and Parker (ankle injury) have both featured in all nine of Chiefs’ games in 2019/20 so far in the league and cup, and the absence of them will come as a blow to Ernst Middendorp if he is unable to call upon them against their two biggest rivals.
It will become more apparent this week how severe the injuries to the Chiefs’ duo actually are, but the fact that they both had to be carried from the field in Cape Town suggests that facing Sundowns at least could prove to be a bridge too far.
Baccus, Parker and the also injured Itumeleng Khune will have another week to try and get fit again before the TKO quarter-final on either November 2 or 3, but Middendorp and his technical team will have to make a decision on their fitness closer to the time before opting to use them or not.