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Chiefs coach Baxter says Castro and Nurkovic must fight for squad places when they return

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Keegan Dolly in action for Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix/Gallo Images)
Keegan Dolly in action for Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says the magnificent form of Keagan Dolly, Khama Billiat and Bernard Parker will make it tough for injured duo Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro to get regular starts when they return.

Both Nurkovic and Castro have been out of action for sometime which has opened the door for Dolly, Billiat and Parker to star for Chiefs in attack of late, having scored five goals in the last two games among them.

Castro has had surgery and will return to action in the hear-future while Nurkovic is undergoing rehab, after his knee injury, in Serbia where he is also attending to his sick father.

In an interview with The Sowetan, Baxter said when Castro and Nurkovic were fit and ready for action there was no guarantee they would just walk back into the team at the expense of the inform current players, but would need to fight for their places in the starting eleven.

"It's going to be difficult for Samir…he may take the role Bernard has, for example. That's the one he could be competing for, while Leo could be competing for the one Khama has... Samir has been allowed to go home to be with his seriously ill father and he's getting his rehab there," Baxter stated.

"We've had this side thing of playing with the front three [of Dolly, Billiat and Parker] that are very mobile and quick. Sometimes [we've] played through the middle a little bit more often than having the three as two wingers and a No 9, so we have changed that and we've had that false No 9 sort of idea and allowing the full-backs to get higher up the field."

READ | Bernard Parker brace sees Kaizer Chiefs down SuperSport United

Baxter was full of praise for Parker after is recent brace in the 2-1 win against SuperSport United.

"I told the players that they are privileged to have a senior professional like Parker who puts in the shift he put in tonight [on Sunday]. He got the goals that won us the three points and who is an absolute glowing example of the sort of players that we want to produce in SA," Baxter added.

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