Middendorp expects Manyama to return against Stars

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says he expects Lebogang Manyama to make a return to action in two weeks' time.

Manyama underwent knee surgery in late January after after sustaining torn ligaments in Chiefs' loss to ZESCO United in the CAF Confederation Cup.

And Middendorp said while Saturday's clash with Celtic would come too soon for the 28-year-old, he expects Manyama to be ready in time for the clash with Free State Stars in a fortnight.

"Manyama is the most qualified player in terms of knowing exactly where he has to be, in terms of decision-making, passing and finishing," The Amakhosi tactician told the Sowetan.

"He'll probably come back and have some minutes against Free State Stars in two weeks time.

"It's disappointing that we still have to wait. We were already on a good trail similar to Joseph Molangoane [who made his first appearance against Arrows since that horrific injury against Stars in August last year], but he [Manyama] got a Grade one muscle issue. He'll definitely not feature against Celtic on Saturday."