Tsepo Masilela clears the ball before Menzi Masuku of Chippa United can get to him at the Mbombela Stadium last Saturday. Photo: Samuel Shivambu, BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs fans would’ve had their collective hearts in their mouths when they saw star left back Tsepo Masilela leave the field limping when he was replaced towards the end of the Easter Weekend victory over Chippa United.

The Amakhosi moved up the Absa Premiership log with their last-gasp 1-0 victory over Chippa United at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The victory and three points shifted Chiefs to level with Cape Town City on 45 points, although Steve Komphela’s team have played 24 matches compared to City’s 23 as the league title race enters the home straight.

Masilela looked to be in real pain, but the good news for Chiefs supporters is that he won’t miss any of the matches coming up, including Saturday’s much anticipated Nedbank Cup quarter-final against SuperSport United at FNB Stadium.

Adding further spice to what is sure to be a thrilling encounter is the fact that SuperSport are managed by former Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter.

“Tsepo has a thigh strain,” team physiotherapist Dave Milner told the Chiefs website on Tuesday.

“He is expected to be fine in the coming days. He will require some rest to help him with recovery to full training.”

Komphela said that his players were shaping up well after playing in four games over the last fortnight.

“We are currently getting the bodies back into shape,” the coach said during practice on Tuesday.

“We will work in steps to get the lads ready for the next match. It is not easy, but, they look very good.”

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