Steve Komphela opens up about George Lebese's lack of game-time

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Lebese has endured a stuttering season thus far, managing just four goals in 12 starts in the Absa Premiership and playing a bit part role in their ongoing Nedbank Cup campaign.

"So he would hit the ball [and feel pain] and last week when we came [to face Acornbush United] we tried him – he was hitting the ball but he could still feel the pain.

"Then we said, '[when we go to] Bloemfontein, George stay behind, let our medics deal with you and see if we can win you back and go to Mbombela with you.'

"Against Acornbush he just couldn't make it and he then missed the Celtic game because of the injury. He comes to me on Saturday and says, 'I'm feeling much better coach, we can play'.

"Before the Acornbush game, and even before that, George came from an injury. If you remember, I don't remember which match it was exactly where he got out, he's been trying and trying [to come back] but it was the back [injury] then it was the foot."

Chiefs and Lebese have the week off ahead of their next test in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against defending champions SuperSport United at the FNB Stadium on Saturday (18h00).