Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes that forward Lebogang Manyama could return in mid-April though he says Dumisani Zuma should be fit after the FIFA international break.
Manyama has been out of action since January with a knee injury whereas the in-form Zuma missed the recent 1-1 draw with SuperSport United due to some knocks.
Chiefs have had a terrible run of poor fortune in terms of injury this season with star goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune out for the rest of the season, whereas, Erick Mathoho remains out with a long-term injury blow.
Nonetheless, the 28-year-old Manyama has now missed nine consecutive games across all competitions but could at least be available sometime in April.
The German mentor told reporters as quoted by KickOff website: "Players like Lebogang Manyama, and don't forget about Erick Mathoho, these are excellent players.
"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].
"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."
Chiefs return to action after the FIFA break when they take on Cape Town City in a Nedbank Cup quarter-final on 31 March at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.