Samir Nurkovic latest update

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Nurkovic underwent an operation at the end of September to repair the meniscus in his right knee, an injury that he initially picked up on June 26 in the CAF Champions League semi-final second leg tie against Wydad Casablanca.

He held on to play 90 minutes in that match and then again in the final despite the nagging effects and played in the first five games this term before giving in ahead of the game against Marumo Gallants.

The 29-year-old is already making progress with his rehabilitation and will be available to play in the New Year.

His return will coincide with the last six months of his contract at the club.

Chiefs have an option of a further year on the deal which they will exercise based on how they value the return that they would have gotten out of him.

From the impressive first season that Nurkovic had scored 14 goals, he went down to six last term after missing the opening 14 matches due to contractual differences with the club and injury.

This season he was yet to score when he had the operation in September.

Based on what happens with the league games that they have requested to be postponed, Chiefs could have 12 league games left to play plus the Nedbank Cup by the time he returns to action.

After all the fixtures this month, Chiefs are only scheduled to play again in mid-February after the AFCON.

With an improved contract that the club gave him after the first season, they will then have to evaluate whether to take the option of a further year on his deal.

Chiefs is the first where Nurkovic has lasted three years in his nomadic playing career mostly spent in Slovakia.