Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro is expected to arrive back at Naturena from Colombia next week and thereafter be assessed by the Amakhosi medical team, following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a glute tear injury.
According to media reports, a visit to the examination room will give the club more information regarding a genuine return date, given that coach Stuart Baxter has clearly been short of options up front with no forwards signed this season.
With the club already going through a bit of a wobble, after they suffered back-to-back defeats in the DStv Premiership, while being blunt in front of goal, it’s now clear that Baxter could do with other attacking options.
Indications are that Castro will still need several weeks of training as he was not available for pre-season, having gone to his native country to do rehab – so, in reality, he cannot be rushed back no matter how desperate the situation is.
The player, however, needs to start playing sooner rather than later as his own future is on the line. Castro’s contract expires in June next year.
He is also one of the five foreign players registered by Chiefs for the 2021/22 campaign, although Castro is eligible to apply for permanent residency.
Football publications reported last week that last-minute attempts by the club ahead of the registration deadline to change the player’s status, along with that of goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, to free up foreign spots, proved unsuccessful.
Reasons provided were that the home Affairs office had a backlog because of COVID-19 and the restrictions, therefore the permanent resident documents were not prioritised.
It means Castro, once fully assessed and available for selection, will no doubt be playing for his Amakhosi future!
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