• Middendorp: Manyama nearing Chiefs return

    Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs

    Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed that Lebogang Manyama will likely return to action next month.

    The Glamour Boys have been hit by a number of big injuries this season with Itumeleng Khune having been ruled out at the midway point of the season, while Manyama has suffered two sperate blows which have kept him out for lengthy spells.

    Middendorp has spoken on numerous occasions about the absence of the former Cape Town City man who last played against AmaZulu back in January where he sustained a knee injury.

    That injury has seen the 28-year-old has missed the last nine of the Amakhosi’s fixtures across all competitions but the German coach has revealed that Manyama’s return is imminent.

    ‘Players like Lebogang Manyama, and don’t forget about Erick Mathoho – these are excellent players,’ said Middendorp, he was asked about how the rehabilitation was going.

    ‘In the [last] week Dumisani Zuma, who scored two goals in the last games, also got a knock and wasn’t really pain-free and we had to leave him out [against SuperSport],’ added Middendorp on why Zuma missed the clash against Matsantsantsa.

    ‘It’s a little bit of a situation now but, going back to your question, I think Manyama will hopefully make some appearance by – latest – the middle of April, I would say,’ he concluded.

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