Injury scare for Parker, Baccus

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Kaizer Chiefs Coach Ernest Middendorp says the club will decide in the next coming days if Kearyn Baccus and Bernard Parker will be in line to face Mamelodi Sundowns next Saturday in an Absa Premiership clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The duo was stretchered off the field against Cape Town City in the Telkom Knockout last 16 clash at Cape Town Stadium yesterday afternoon.

“With Baccus, it’s an issue of irritation inside the knee ligament. Secondly, an irritation on the foot. We must wait, in the next 2 or 3 days we’ll find out,” said Middendorp, whose side advanced to the last eight with a 4-2 win on penalties.

The coach also added, “It’s something similar to Parker, it’s very painful at the moment. But he’s able to move, but we’ll have to wait for Monday or Tuesday so we can know a little bit more.”

Baccus was stretchered off against City.

The German mentor also shared his delight with the return from injury of striker Samir Nurkovic.

The Serbian striker came off the bench to replace the injured Parker and went on to equalise for Amakhosi very late into the second half of the match.

Nurkovic has managed to keep Leornado Castro on the bench since joining Amakhosi during the June/July transfer window and Middendorp seems to be very excited with the competition between the 2 lanky forwards.

“I said it before, he’s an exceptional player. Not really able to play to his ability, he used it for the 1st time today. At training during the week, when it came to set pieces, I told him to stay away, go to the corner flank,” said Middendorp of Nurkovic.

“On the other side Castro scored 3 against Sundowns, there’s also Khama Billiat. So we’ll wait and see, Saturday is still far.”

By Shane Matsoyane

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