Bartman back in training for Kaizer Chiefs after knee scare

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman is expected to start training on Thursday, following two games out with a knee ligament injury

The veteran stopper was sidelined for the fixtures against Ajax Cape Town and the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates, with his place on the bench having been taken by Brighton Mhlongo.

Meanwhile, long-term absentees Morgan Gould, Jimmy Tau and Jimmy Jambo are all on course with their respective injuries.

Gould, who was a massive loss for AmaKhosi when he snapped his Achilles in August, is expected to be fit again for the second half of the Absa Premiership season in February.

His loss for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is a big blow too for Bafana Bafana, where he was an automatic starter before his injury.

The disappointment of missing out on a major tournament on home soil will give him a sense of déjà vu after he was absent from the 2010 FIFA World Cup too after being injured prior to the event. At the time he was the central defensive partner for Aaron Mokoena in the national side.

Jimmy Tau will miss the entire 2012/13 season after breaking his ankle on the final day of the last campaign in the 0-0 draw with AmaZulu.

He had hoped to play some part in this campaign, but having just had his orthopaedic boot removed, is slated in for a return next July.

Finally, Jimmy Jambo is progressing well from his knee injury suffered late on in the 3-2 loss to BidVest Wits in the first round of the Telkom Knockout in October. His return has been set for September 2013.