Kaizer Chiefs will be buoyed by the return of Erick Mathoho to their defensive line-up as the AmaKhosi look to hold onto top spot in the PSL.
Mathoho has not been available for Chiefs for a fortnight and missed the Nedbank Cup quarter-final match against Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend due to injury.
Suffering a slight injury crisis in their defensive reserves, Chiefs will still be without star defender Morgan Gould until the end of the season. But the return of Mathoho should remedy their problems as he brings solidity and form to the AmaKhosi's backline.
The defender has been one of many reasons Chiefs have held onto top spot in the PSL this season, due to his almost telepathic partnership with Tefu Mashaimaite. The side has only conceded 15 goals this campaign displaying the strength in their defensive department.
The duo of Mashamaite and Lincoln Zvasiya performed well and stepped up to the task against Bloemfontein Celtic, but Mathoho should be expected to be reintroduced to the line-up against Moroka Swallows this weekend.
The 23-year-old has started 21 games and scored one goal since joining Chiefs from Bloemfontein Celtic at the beginning of the 2012/2013 campaign. Initially demmed as a reserve for Morgan Gould, Mathoho took his opportunity to shine when Gould suffered from a long-term injury at the beginning of the season. Such was his impact, Stuart Baxter decided to utilise a formation which could accomodate all three central defenders when Gould returned earlier this year.
Mathoho has been picked by Gordon Igesund to be a future defensive stalwart for Bafana Bafana and will hope he can continue on his current road to success.
Chiefs also welcomed electric forward Matthew Rusike back to training yesterday and are looking strong enough to hold onto their four-point lead at the top of the PSL table. They next face Moroka Swallows in an all-important Soweto derby which could make or break their title charge as the season comes to a close.