Mamelodi Sundowns team doctor Carl Tabane has revealed that the Brazilians are taking direct guidance from Barcelona FC on the steps to take to return to their optimal best following the coronavirus break in football.
Tabane has revealed that former Masandawana goalkeeper coach and current Barcelona goalkeeper coach Jon Pascua Ibarrola is “very useful” to them in gaining crucial information on how to return to training after the lengthy suspension.
“You must remember that this is very new in the whole world. We may have players who are scared of getting infected. Imagine after one match that one player has tested positive, this will send shivers to other players,” Tabane told SunSport.
“We use Europe as our yardstick and there were many players and coaches in Europe who tested positive for Covid-19. We talk to our former colleague at Barcelona FC Jon Ibarrola and he is giving us great advice from the best club in the whole world.
"He talks to coach Pitso Mosimane and us about players’ travelling, what happens after training, do the players go home or not? He has also given insights as to how often and frequent to test players and staff.
“He is very useful and still one of us even though he is at the biggest club. So we get information from everywhere so we can continue our quest to defend our league title and try to win the Nedbank Cup.
“What’s on our minds is that the league must be finished and never be declared null and void. That’s why we are working so hard to be ready to fight when we restart.”