Kaizer Chiefs face Tshabalala injury concern

Chiefs may be without their explosive winger for the upcoming game against Black Leopards, following a mild injury picked up during international duty on Tuesday night

Simphiwe Tshabalala may have to be rested due to injury, as coach Stuart Baxter plans to rotate his squad following a few of his players round the world trip during the international break.

Tshabalala played against Brazil and Mozambique, crossing four times zones in-between the games and picking up a slight knock against Mozambique at Mbombela Stadium.

Baxter says the extent of his injury has not been confirmed. “I saw that Shabba [Tshabalala] went off with a knock, but how serious that is we don't know," said the Chiefs coach.

"We've only had initial feedback from the national team saying that he did get a knock.

"Shabba has played two games for his country. He's travelled halfway around the world and he ended up getting a kick.

"I'll be looking at the national players when they come back and it's possible we have to rotate and give one or two of them a bit of a rest."

Baxter wants to assess the squad before the match against Black Leopards and understands the challenge his medical staff have in recuperating his star players before the weekend. “I'm hoping that we can get through it but we'll need to see," he said.

Amakhosi are on top of the league going into the clash against Leopards with seven points from their first three games. Baxter believes the team has made a respectable start to the season. “I think anybody would be happy with two wins and a draw,” he said.

"But happy is not satisfied, so we still need to keep on concentrating very hard and working very hard.” The match kicks off at Soccer City from 20:15 on Saturday.