Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs will be without club
captain and influential goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for the Carling Black
Label Cup final against Orlando Pirates.
Khune missed much of last season with a serious shoulder injury after
he was injured at training in a collision with Willard Katsande.
It was thought he was nearing full fitness however it appears the
Glamour Boys are willing to err on the side of caution when it comes to
his full recovery.
Chiefs' physio Dave Milner confirmed the 32-year-old will play no
part in the Soweto derby, along with up-and-coming youngster
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who is out with an achilles tendon injury.
Speaking to the side's official website, Milner said: "He has made
considerable progress but we will only be able to ascertain his
readiness to play at the beginning of August. A shoulder injury is
sensitive and we have to make sure he is comfortable and ready to play.
"Ngcobo will still need to go through a strengthening phase, he is
doing well though considering that the Achilles normally can take a bit
of time to recover. We are looking September to have him joining his
teammates on the ball.
"This means Khune and Ngcobo will not be available during the
upcoming preseason friendly matches taking place this weekend in
Botswana and next week's the much anticipated Carling Black Label Cup."
The Glamour Boys take on the Sea Robbers on July 27 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The encounter is already sold out.