Orlando Pirates to conduct medical assessments on their players

Orlando Pirates’ resident sports scientist Warren Engelbrecht has explained the importance of conducting medical assessments on the squad ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Pirates started pre-season training last week after nearly a month’s break.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic’s charges face a heavy schedule, as they are expected to challenge for the Absa Premiership crown and will also compete in the CAF Champions League.

“Before any work starts, we need to know at what level our players are at,” Engelbrecht told Bucs’ website.

“This is a very important aspect of pre-season because without knowing what level your players are, you may end up with a lot of injuries.

“As a strength and conditioning department, our job is to ensure that we prepare the players to be able to endure what will be a gruelling season.”

He added: “Over the past week, we made sure that all players undergo medical and screening tests.

“The coaches can start their respective programmes on Monday knowing that the players are ready for action.”

The Sea Robbers plan to whittle down their squad, which sits at around 45 players, before the action gets underway, having made nine new signings.

Pirates have also refurbished their technical team with the additions of goalkeeper coach Andrew Sparkes, analyst Darian Wilken and performance expert Franck Plaine.

Among those that have recently exited Mayfair, include defenders Ayanda Gcaba, Marc van Heerden and winger Riyaad Norodien.

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