Newcastle United’s club doctor Paul Catterson has outlined his fears about Project Restart as football nears a comeback.
Premier League games are set to resume on June 17, with Aston Villa set to play Sheffield United and Manchester City to face Arsenal.
The division has been suspended since March 13, but the season is now set to be finished, with many factors still to be decided; from relegation to qualification for European competition to crowning Liverpool champions.
Catterson, though, has told BBC Sport that he is worried about the potential of injuries, with players set to be thrust back into the rough and tumble of top-flight football.
He said: “We are expecting more injuries at this time.
“The players have been running on treadmills and working indoors for eight weeks so that transition is a different stimulus for the body.”
He added: “There was an NFL lockout a few years ago and there was an increase in Achilles injuries so we are looking at that.
“We have had players asking if they can have ice baths after training and they can’t at the moment – all we can do is give them ice to take home. It’s like going back 15 years.”
Catterson has also confirmed that he believes that a Premier League training ground “is one of the safest environments around” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues worldwide.
Newcastle have nine fixtures of their season remaining and sit 13th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
This makes all the sense in the world and it is something that is flying somewhat under the radar.
There is set to be a fixture pile-up as leagues rush to finish their seasons and muscular injuries are likely to be increasingly prevalent.
Newcastle, of course, are nearing safety and are not in the worst position as the season resumes but certain clubs are sure to be worried about their stars dropping like flies.
That club medics like Catterson are making these provisions proves that there is a real worry here.
We’ll just have to wait and see how many teams are adversely affected.
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