Kaizer Chiefs' team physiotherapist, Dave Milner, has explained that 2013/14 was something of a nightmare campaign when it comes to the injuries the team suffered.
At various stages throughout the season, Chiefs were left without key performers at crucial times. The likes of Itumeleng Khune, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Knowledge Musona, Morgan Gould and Tsepo Masilela were all affected at different stages.
These injuries could perhaps have contributed to the Glamour Boys inability to win any silverware in the recently-concluded campaign. Milner explained to the club's official website how some of these injuries impacted the club.
He said, "This season was a very challenging season in light of the match schedule we had. In my 15 years at the club, it was most probably the hardest. From an injuries point of view we were lucky not to have many injuries but were unlucky to pick up injuries to some of the key players at the wrong time of the season."
Milner added, "Early in the year we had Morgan (Gould) and Tsepo (Masilela) returning from injuries they had surgery on in the off season. We had Knowledge who sustained a fractured shoulder blade and later in the season he sustained a crucial injury which kept him out of the remainder of the season. 'Itu' also sustained an ankle injury that kept him out for a month."
In conclusion, the physio gave praise to both the players and the technical team for the manner in which they handled the injury set-backs, saying, "I must commend all the players that were injured during the season, they were very professional in their approach to their injuries. The technical staff were able to use other players and spread the loading of the players in order to ensure that they didn't become overloaded."
Possibly as a result of the heavy schedule of the last campaign, Chiefs have given the players an extended holiday and rest period in the off-season. They will only report back to duty for pre-season testing on June 20.