Castro and co. injuries mystery

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Argentine goalkeeper Nick Gindre says he is perplexed at the wave of injuries affecting South American players in the PSL.

Kaizer Chiefs are without Colombian forward Leonardo Castro, who Stuart Baxter confirmed last week will be out for 16 weeks due to injury.

At Mamelodi Sundowns, Brazilian defender Ricardo Nascimento has had his injury worries and, at present, is not available due to another injury concern.

Fellow South American Mauricio Affonso has spent most of his two years at the club dealing with injuries, while Jose Ali Meza will not play for Maritzburg United until next year after undergoing an operation on his ACL.

Emiliano Tade, Eduardo Ferreira, Igor Alves, Vinicius da Silva and Elton Morelato form a long list of South Americans who had injury worries through their time in the PSL.

"This is a difficult yet interesting question that would need medical data in being answered because I am sure all those athletes have different types of injuries," says Gindre.

Gindre was born in Argentina but played his football in England before relocating to the PSL, where he did duty at AmaZulu and Mpumalanga Black Aces.

"I am sure none of them has the same injury, so it could be anything. It could be something natural or that they had previous injuries or general weakness in their muscular strength. Maybe they haven't been muscular ready to perform, or it could be a diet thing related to protein intake. It is almost impossible to point to a specific reason. Maybe they are not physically strong enough. Maybe they were playing too much and not getting enough rest because little things like that could play a part.

"Maybe the players are not used to the style of play because they are training and playing in a different way. It cannot be the weather because the weather in South Africa is not so different to South America, so I will suppose it is the playing style. I suppose for now, it's a mystery why these (South American) athletes would have this history of injuries when they play in this country. The proper answer would be in the medical direction," says Gindre.

Of the recent imports from South America, Gaston Sirino has made the biggest impression in domestic, surpassing the heights reached by Jose Torrealba, Marcos 'Pepe' de Jesus and Luis Renteria. 

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