“After you have left, Shabba will play 30 minutes in a practice game, and then we will decided if he is available for the game or for the bench. But he has been doing well,” Baxter told the attending media at Kaizer Chiefs village yesterday morning.
The Amakhosi coach even indicated that striker Bernard Parker could return sooner than expected.
“Bernard trained yesterday in a five on five for the first time and asked if he could be on the bench on the weekend!” added Baxter.
“They are chomping at the bit but my challenge is to hold them back a bit and not be stupid.”
Chiefs have been doing superbly without both Tshabalala and Parker, recording a third league win in three games at home to Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.
And they already hold a massive advantage on Dikwena heading into Sunday’s MTN8 second leg, having picked up a 2-0 victory in Phokeng last weekend.
Baxter, however, warned against complacency heading into the weekend’s match.
“It is 2-0 at half time, and they usually say 2-0 is a dangerous score at half time,” said the Chiefs coach.
“We have 90 minutes left against a dangerous opponent, on the back of a lot of games, in a short period of time. So we really have to give a mentally tough, professional performance. The players should be aware of that, I think they are, but they will be reminded.”