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Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu

Kaizer Chiefs' quest for Absa Premiership silverware continues on Saturday when they host an AmaZulu side rooted to the bottom of the standings.

Amakhosi come into the clash at FNB Stadium revitalised following their Soweto derby victory over arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, whom they beat 1-0 last weekend.

The result saw the Glamour Boys consolidate their position at the top of the league standings. They have a seven-point lead over second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who have a game in hand.

In team news, head coach Ernst Middendorp revealed that they expect Lebo Manyama and Leonardo Castro to be ready for the clash, after picking up injuries in the win over Pirates, but Willard Katsande will be sidelined until next month.

"Lebo Manyama, who got a knock on the calf muscle, and Leonardo Castro, who got a knock to his back, there were certain issues and challenges, but both have been since Wednesday fully in the training sessions and are fully available," the German said, as quoted by SuperSport.

"Willard is out, I think, for the games at least in March. I expect him to be back in the beginning of April.

"That's a big loss. How he put himself with the dominance in the middle of the park, I would say he is definitely one of the core players who contributed week-in, week-out in a very proper way.

"But it is not about crying now, we have to find a solution and we have to replace him, and it is not really a welcomed scenario, but we can't change it."

Meanwhile, AmaZulu are just as motivated to fight for points as they currently prop up the table.

The Durban outfit have only 20 points after 23 games but a win could see them leap out of the relegation zone and up to 13th position.

Usuthu have lost their last two league outings to Golden Arrows and most recently Chippa United.