Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has given an update on Khama Billiat ahead of the MTN8 clash against Mamelodi Sundowns, while he revealed the players who may not be available come Sunday.
Billiat was taken off in the Carling Black Label Cup against Orlando Pirates as a precaution after he went down with what initially looked like a serious injury, but the coach confirmed afterwards that the player is not expected to be out.
Chiefs take on Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday, August 15, in a repeat of the game the two sides played back in 2012, which was Baxter's first match in charge of Amakhosi in his first stint with the club.
"Khama is doing excellently in training. He is looking sharp, enthusiastic. He is probably a better all round player than I thought he would be, but that's what happens when you work with players - you get to know them better. Whether that means he will start, or he is a very interesting guy from the bench, the next couple of days will tell me. But certainly Khama is looking like he is enjoying the work we are doing and, two, he is showing his quality," Baxter told media in a press conference ahead of this weekend's game.
Baxter, meanwhile, gave an update on which players will not feature this weekend.
“We’ve got a couple of them who are getting back. Lebo Manyama did his first training with the team the other day. That does not mean he is fit, but it means he is fit to take part in training and get himself match fit. We’ve got the couple of others who have come back from the Olympics, not injured, and they’ve got to slowly get back into things.
“We’ve got the ones who have been injured long-term, Leo Castro and (Dumisani) Zuma. We do have our injuries, but at the same time we have got players who have been taking part in training and those are the ones we will be selecting the team from. I can’t see any huge surprises now.”
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