Khune to return next month

Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs soon to return to action for the first time this year.
Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs soon to return to action for the first time this year.
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Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is expected to make a return to action between the posts for Kaizer Chiefs within a month, Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp has said.

The Bafana Bafana No1 Khune has been out injured since needing shoulder surgery in December .

Middendorp said, after his team's 2-0 Carling Black Label Cup preseason defeat against Orlando Pirates on Saturday at FNB Stadium, that his medical team have informed him the goalkeeper will make a return next month.

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"We have been very clear, and the medical side confirmed it two days ago, that Itu will definitely be available for selection in August," Middendorp said.

"We have to look now how far from the training side he is and where we can bring him into the area where he feels comfortable. We have to prepare.

"And this is a decision along with an experienced goalkeeper at this level, and in cooperation with goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter. We have to decide - will he be available in two weeks, three weeks?

"But definitely I'm quite sure it looks very good. I was very impressed with his outstanding contribution during our preseason camp - on the field, off the field..."

Chiefs open their 2019/2020 Absa Premiership campaign against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa, on Sunday.

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