Chiefs wunderkind returns to training

Happy Mashiane of Kaizer Chiefs (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Happy Mashiane of Kaizer Chiefs (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Kaizer Chiefs youngster Happy Mashiane has returned to training with the first team.

Mashiane was injured in a Nedbank Cup tie with Tornado FC last season in the round of 32.

Coach Ernst Middendorp is without a few of his players in pre-season camp due to injury.

Chiefs’ medical team confirmed that Mashiane is fit to training with the team and play.

The club’s physiotherapist Dave Milner says Nkosingiphile Ngcobo is close to making a full recovery while goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has also returned to training.

“Ngcobo will still need to go through a strengthening phase,” Milner told the Chiefs website. “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.

“Khune has resumed training and we’re assessing him daily,” said Milner about Khune’s injury.

“He has made a 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.”

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