Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has given an update of the fitness of Khama Billiat ahead of the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The two rivals clash for the second time in seven days after meeting in the Telkom Knockout last week and the fitness of the Zimbabwean winger had become a topical issue after he did not travel to Port Elizabeth for yesterday’s clash with Chippa United.

But speaking during the Soweto derby press conference held at Killarney Country Club today, which Billiat also attended, Middendorp confirmed that the Zimbabwe international and his other teammates who had sustained injuries, will be in the squad for the Pirates game.

“I have feedback already that the other players (Billiat, Lebogang Manyama and Eric Mathoho) are available for selection in the next game. The reports I have received from home is that even Reeve Frosler and Kearyn Baccus should be ready for Saturday.

“The games before and after the Soweto Derby are tricky. This one is more complicated and needed some juggling. Playing a Derby two weekends in a row and having a midweek game was always a challenge. A huge compliment goes to the players. They are really coming to the party and adapting well to the situation.” he added.

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