The Indian Super League hit a roadblock with matches being postponed due to the third wave of the pandemic. Top leagues have halted their season previously due to the virus and ISL might follow suit.
Several cases have been confirmed amongst a number of teams. Odisha FC, FC Goa, and SC East Bengal had to quarantine for as long as 7 days. Meanwhile, Kerala Blasters are also a victim as they have confirmed two positive tests in their squad.
There has been a breach in the bio-bubble maintained by the teams since the start of the season. With teams being unable to train and several players testing positive, a few coaches have stepped up and voiced their concerns.
People voicing their concern :
Jamshedpur FC’s manager Owen Coyle spoke out ahead of their clash against Hyderabad FC.
“None of us have trained for the past six days, obviously because of precautionary measures taken with respect to Covid,” Coyle said on Sunday.
“That is something we have to be wary of. We have not been allowed onto the training field. So, my worry will always be players and their welfare in terms of injuries. That’s a huge concern for me. When you train, you are in good condition to play the game and its important t avoid injuries.”
Greg Stewart, the talisman of Jamshedpur’s team has also shared his opinion about the bio-bubble. “You’re based in your hotel and the surrounding area,”.
Greg Stewart too raised concerns about the monotonous life in a bio bubble. He stated that it could be very exhausting for the players as they were away from their family and have no life outside their hotel rooms. This can further take a toll on the mental health of the footballers and affect their performance.
Manolo Marquez also spoke about the difficulty in dealing with the current situation. “It’s difficult when you don’t know what will happen. The hotel staff is working very well for us, but the same things daily without families is tough. Life is not easy”.
Bio-Bubble fatigue, injuries and the virus are a few things that may hamper the well-being of the players. There is no clarity over the future of the current Indian Super League season but it is clear that the health of the players will be the first priority as the league progresses.
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