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Solinas reveals three absentees for Polokwane City clash

Injured Kaizer Chiefs trio Leonardo Castro, Andriamirado 'Dax' Andrianarimanana and Joseph Molangoane have been ruled out of Saturday's clash with Polokwane City.

However, coach Giovanni Solinas has revealed that aside from them, he has his full squad available for the match at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium, which is set to kick off at 18h00.

"The players that are not available is Leonardo Castro -- he's continuing with rehabilitation for his ankle injury," said Solinas, according to Kick Off.

"Dax is not available [because of] a calf injury; Joseph [Molangoane] has the leg fracture, and he's also doing much better as he continues with rehabilitation with our physio and specialist.

"All the other players are available for the next game. Everybody has been training well and I am also happy with the team spirit, there's a lot of solidarity and a good mental state."

Chiefs will be playing the match behind closed doors as part of their punishment for the fan violence which accompanied April's Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Free State Stars.

Solinas has admitted that Amakhosi, the most widely supported club in the country, will miss having a vocal backing from the stands.

"It's a difficult game for us. In my opinion, football without supporters is no good. I repeat, for me, a football game without supporters is like a funeral," he said.

"Because fans make the atmosphere beautiful to play football. Fans push the players and give them energy to play well, so in a football game the fans are very important.

"Playing without our supporters is a disadvantage for us because we know how our supporters push the players, like in the game against Cape Town City in Cape Town.

"There were 30 000 supporters for us -- this is unbelievable. To play without them this weekend is going to be difficult."