With Samir Nurkovic suspended and Leonardo Castro and Lebogang Manyama both injury doubts, Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says he will dig deep in his squad and pick the best team possible for Thursday’s decisive clash with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Chiefs head into the game just three points clear of their closest title rivals, Sundowns, with it all to play for at the Orlando Stadium.
The Soweto giants, though, are without suspended striker Samir Nurkovic who has struck 13 league goals and contributed five assists so far this season, while niggling injuries to both Castro and Manyama could have Chiefs’ most influential attackers this season missing the clash.
Also, fitness issues emanating from crammed fixtures might have left Middendorp a worried man. However, he has lauded his charges for ‘an incredible’ job in holding on to the top of the standings for the better part of the season.
‘Mainly we are focused on our team, I think that’s understandable‚’ Middendorp said in his pre-match online news conference as per Times LIVE.
‘And I should mention that the players have done an incredible job‚ considering the team is nearly the same starting XI that finished last season‚ being top of the PSL for nearly the entire season – 22 or 23 match days.
‘It’s my job at the moment to really go deeper into this squad we have available. To check out the selection of the starting XI who are available, considering the injury status and fitness level,’ Middendorp said.
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