THE Cheetahs are this weekend set to have their first training session since employing the semi-professional set up that has seen a number of their players getting contracts in preparation for the World Cup in June.
But the Cheetahs will not have one of their own on the field as Graham "Gray" Kaulback broke his leg during a regional training session on Friday evening.
The Harare Based players are training at Old Georgians Sports Club in Groombridge under manager Bruce Hobson while coach Gilbert "Gidza" Nyamutsamba takes charge of the Bulawayo contingent.
It was during one such training session that Kaulback broke his leg and had to be operated on.
The operation was a success.
Nyamutsamba said that their first meeting of the year will be to make sure that the he gives the players their training and diet schedules.
"I will be taking charge of the team for the first time (this year) on Saturday," he said. Basically, at the moment, the players are working on their gym programme and when we meet at the weekend I am going to give them a picture on the tactical approach of the game.
The guys have already started on the gym sessions and so at the weekend we are also going to give them personalised programmes in terms of diet, gym and what they have to wok on until our next meeting."
Nyamutsamba said Kaulback's injury was a big blow but the young player will certainly bounce back into action.
"He had an operation on Monday and from what I hear it went well, so now it's a matter of recovery but to me, as a coach, the most important thing would be rehabilitation because he still has time because such injuries usually take about six weeks to heal.
"It is very sad and unfortunate but we wish him a speedy recovery, he is a hardworking player who gives his all and is dedicated each time he is called for duty," said Nyamutsamba.
South Africa-based Tafadzwa Chitokwindo said the whole team sympathised with Kaulback during "this time of pain". It was sad to see my teammate being stretchered off but I am happy that he was operated on today and we understand all went well," said Chitokwindo.
Chitokwindo is based at Rhodes University where he is doing a degree in economics and is one of the players who will not always be available for the Cheetahs camps during the build up to the World Cup.