Doc reveals time needed for PSL return

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SAFA chief medical officer Thulani Ngwenya has revealed the minimum requirements for players to be ready to return to competitive action once the football suspension is lifted.

The PSL will on Tuesday hold a board of governors meeting to deliberate on the resumption of the 2019/20 season and all its requirements and protocols.

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Once this is ratified, training and competitive matches will resume in a biologically safe environment, in accordance with their proposal that was ratified by government last week.

The big question, though, remains how soon players will be able and ready to engage in high-intensity competition, after being out of action for three-and-a-half months.

"We ought to thank FIFA. One of our concerns as sports physicians was the demand for high-intensity exercise, especially after what was almost a rest of so long, that would need us to prepare extensively and adequately," Dr Ngwenya explained to members of SAFJA.

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"What we thank FIFA for is that now they are allowing up to five substitutions, which then helps in terms of managing the load on players.

"Now already the teams know of the high demand [on the players], and we might have a lot of injuries, and what the physical trainers advise is that about three to four weeks is needed to really prepare for high-intensity exercise.

"This is really because the players were not in total shutdown and they were doing individual programmes at home that were given by their respective trainers. But even having said that, it doesn't necessarily mean that we might not have one or two injuries."

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