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Sundowns doctor expects numbers to rise

Mamelodi Sundowns doctor Carl Tabane is concerned that coronavirus cases will continue to rise at Premier Soccer League clubs as more testing is completed.

While Orlando Pirates reported that Ben Motshwari had tested positive for Covid-19 in May, a number of clubs have more recently confirmed cases in a mandatory round of testing before training can resume.

Kaizer Chiefs, Stellenbosch, Bloemfontein Celtic, TS Galaxy and Swallows FC all reported postive cases over the past week.

Speaking to the Daily Sun, Tabane said: "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.

"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."

Chiefs have been working hard to ensure a safe working environment for the return of their players, with Tabane adding: "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.

"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."