Wednesday, 14 July 2021 18:39

Staff Reporter.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena has shed details on the club's medical assessments amid the Covid-19 pandemic and Christian Eriksen's recent heart attack.

The majority of Sundowns' squad reported for pre-season training on Monday and Tuesday last week where the players were made to undergo rigorous medical testing to assess their respective conditions ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

Mokwena explained that this season's assessments were more comprehensive due to the risks associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and recent developments surrounding Denmark star Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during the 2020 UEFA European Championship. 

"We started work on the 5th of July," the Masandawana co-coach said, "The players returned on the 5th and 6th and went through very comprehensive medical assessments, which included not just muscular assessments, but also cardiac assessments, particularly because of the Covid times we are living in.

"It was also important to check the functioning of other systems apart from just the physiological aspects of the body, [such as the] cardiac and respiratory aspects, where you’re checking the ability to function of the heart and the lungs etc.

"This is something that could hugely be compromised with this Covid situation that we currently find ourselves in and also because of the recent scare we had with Eriksen, which is something that has even greatly highlighted it and seen it become more important."

With a few players on National Team Duty, the remaining squad and new arrivals began preparations for the new season earlier this week with a number of physical and medical tests.

Pre-season provides the technical team an opportunity to conduct a number of assessments and prepare the conditioning of the players before the unrelenting schedule of the new campaign begins.

The Brazilians will use the time to prepare ahead of the announcement of the fixtures and dates of the new campaign.