Chiefs not ‘desperate’ to field Khune

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is not in a hurry to field Itumeleng Khune as the player makes his way back into the starting line-up following a long term injury.

The German coach, who has been using Daniel Akpeyi is his preferred number one goalkeeper, says he has good goalkeepers to field and he is in no rush to put Khune back on the field.

“I’m not desperate to have him (Khune) back,” Middendorp told the Daily Sun.

“He is back, he is influential within the team. There’s a massive role he is playing as part of the captaincy. We communicate with him every day. We will find the right moment to include him.”

“Khune last featured for the Glamour Boys in their league clash against Golden Arrows in December, before he was ruled out with a long shoulder injury lay-off.

“You must understand when someone has been out for so long with an injury,” Middendorp explained.

“The shoulder is probably not the biggest problem. It’s not broken bones. But it’s normal procedure. Somebody has to recover fully after being injured for about four, five or six months.

“He is fully into it at training. But you have to maintain and look into bringing him to a 100 percent level.”

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