Mamelodi Sundowns team doctor Carl Tabane fears that coronavirus cases among PSL cubs could increase in the coming days.
The former Bafana Bafana doctor says that he is not surprised by the increasing number of PSL players who are testing positive for the virus because the pandemic has affected everyone.
Kaizer Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic, Stellenbosch FC and Orlando Pirates are the four PSL clubs which have confirmed Covid-19 cases in their camps thus far.
“It was not going to be Kaizer Chiefs alone. Many clubs and players are going to be affected. The whole country is feeling the pandemic,” Tabane tells the Daily Sun.
“So, I am not surprised by the numbers increasing because players do not live alone. They have family members and they go to the shops just like you and me.”
Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari became the first PSL player to contract Covid-19, but he has since recovered, while Celtic recently revealed that midfielder Given Mashikinya has tested positive.
Three Stellenbosch staff members have contracted the virus and Chiefs confirmed two cases within their squad, but they have not disclosed the names of the players.
Tabane says Mamelodi Sundowns has implemented medical protocols for everyone at the club.
“We developed a medical protocol for the admin offices and also for the training facilities. Everyone [players and officials] at the club has gone through it,” Tabane said.
“We’ve had inputs from health officials in terms of all the club’s training fields. Training will be staggered, with individual training or in small groups. We want to put the players at ease and to comply with government regulations.
“If we receive players who are positive with Covid-19 when they come back, we will know exactly how to react and to deal with everything.”
Tabane adds that caution has to be taken when measuring the fitness levels of players who are returning to training.
“The fitness may not be what we want, but no club can say they have reached a maximum fitness level. Inactivity can lead to poor performance and to some extent, increase the risk of injuries,” he explained.
“Fifa is helping with the five substitution rule and that would be assist clubs in great deal. That’s where depth in the team will come handy.
“We do not have a lot of casualties in our list except for Thapelo Morena and Mauricio Affonso who are recovering beautifully.”