The Colombian has already been confirmed as unavailable for the curtain increase for the season, but the extent of his injury has now been explained
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has confirmed that Leonardo Castro is out for 16 weeks due to injury.
Following the signing of Keagan Dolly by Chiefs earlier this week, there was anticipation that his combination with Khama Billiat and Castro would have ‘reincarnation’ as early as Sunday’s Carling Black Label Cup against Orlando Pirates.
This is after their partnership flourished during their days at Mamelodi Sundowns, which led to a Caf Champions League triumph.
But Castro is going to miss a larger part of the season, which will delay the performance of his combination with Billiat and Dolly.
“We’ve signed some defenders, some backs,” Baxter said. Sowetan Live.
“In the attack, we have options there. We have Leo Castro who is probably still 16 weeks away and Lebo Manyama is coming back. Samir [Nurkovic]”We hope it will now be a clean health letter to kick off.”
Chiefs already have an exhausted squad ahead of Sunday’s Carling Black Label battle against their old enemies.
Apart from Castro, they will also be without the attackers Billiat and Samir Nurkovic, as well as the defenders Siyabonga Ngezana and Lebogang Manyama.
After making a number of new signings ahead of the upcoming season, Baxter says they are not finished on the transfer market yet.
Chiefs sign people like Njabulo Ngcobo, Thabani Dube, Sifiso Hlanti, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Phathutshedzo Nange and goalkeeper Brandon Peterson.
SuperSport midfielder Teboho Mokoena is one of the players linked with Amakhosi.
“We’re always looking in the market,” Baxter said.
“But right now we feel that with the attack options we have, if we all come in and everyone fits, we will make a decision if we need to be active, or if we can just take ‘let’s say‚ contingency plans.
“I think at the moment we can make a more definite decision if we all get fit.”
The Carling Black Label Cup returns after it could not take place last season due to the coronavirus pandemic.