Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed they are feeling the effects of the four-month football suspension as their preparations for the return hit a snag.
Sundowns have been back at training for just under two weeks after obtaining clearance from the PSL and government amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
After months of being in isolation and training individually through online meetings, the squad have assembled in Rustenburg and ramped up their level of training ahead of the proposed return to competition next month.
However, with the high demand for full fitness under rushed circumstances, some players have taken strain and now require medical attention that will further slow their progress.
No less than six players have had to pull out of training with an assortment of muscle strains – these include Sammy Seabi, Tiyani Mabunda and Anele Ngcongca (all hamstring), Aubrey Ngoma (quadriceps), Keletso Makgalwa and Mosa Lebusa (both back muscles).
The Brazilians were just getting into their stride when the 2019/20 season was abruptly halted in March, and are looking to get back to the required level to defend their Absa Premiership title once again, while also overcoming Wits in the Nedbank Cup semi-final.
SAFA have proposed August 1 as the re-start date so as to adequately prepare match officials, with the PSL having yet to confirm the fixture list.