KAIZER Chiefs have announced that the club's number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune is fully fit‚ and could be in the posts on Sunday when they take on Maritzburg United in Telkom Knockout semifinal at Mbombela Stadium.
With Nigeria international Daniel Akpeyi who has been playing regularly suspended Bruce Bvuma has been tipped to be the man in poles on Sunday when Amakhosi are looking to end their dry spell this season.
On Thursday coach Ernst Middendorp was coy on Khune's possible return, however, surprisingly the club announced on their website on Friday that Khune is “back to full fitness”.
"Ahead of their trip to Nelspruit for the Telkom Knockout Cup on the weekend, Itumeleng Khune is medically fit and has joined the team in full training," the website stated.
"Khune has been recovering from a groin injury he picked up in the game against Baroka FC in September."
Middendorp told reporters that Bvuma will start in the TKO clash against Maritzburg, although he admitted he would wait to get feedback from the goalkeeping department before making a definite decision on his starting XI for Sunday's match.
Other players who returned from injury are Kearyn Baccus and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.
"Also making a welcome return from an ankle injury is Kearyn Baccus. The midfield maestro was on fine form before getting injured in Telkom Knockout Cup Round of 16 match against Cape Town City in October.
"It is a matter of time before we see Nkosingiphile Ngcobo back in contention for his places in the team.
"The youngster has made a steady progress through the Reserves league matches, playing ninety minutes in the Multichoice Diski Challenge Soweto Derby last Saturday.
"Ngcobo raptured Achilles Tendon in March in a game against SuperSport United."