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Orlando Pirates team doctor says squad are fitter than last year

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Orlando Pirates team doctor and sports physician Dr Lervasen Pillay says that the squad have returned for pre-season medicals fitter than they were last year.

Pillay said that no major areas for concern were uncovered when the squad underwent pre-season medicals on Monday.

Significant changes to the Pirates squad have already been made with fresh faces turning up for medicals while a number of players have been moved on.

Pirates face another gruelling season having earned themselves a place in the Caf Champions League with a second successive second-place finish in the Premiership.

The physician outlined the basics of a pre-season medical in a video shared on Orlando Pirates social media channels.

“We are basically doing a pre-season assessment, what that entails is observing the players and examining them from a medical perspective, checking out all their systems, their heart, lungs, eyes, ears and the musculoskeletal system which is the most important because of them being involved in football.

“Our focus is on picking up problems and weaknesses and identifying a plan of action for improvement in this pre-season programme. So far nothing seems to be very concerning, in fact, the guys much more prepared than when we did our medicals the last two or three season.”

Pillay said that doctors worked closely with Orlando Pirates technical team to ensure the players are given tailored preparation programmes that ensure they are in the best possible shape at the start of the season.

Orlando Pirates face a long season

The Buccaneers will once again face Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup with fans voting for their favourites the the pre-season event that takes place on July 27.

Pirates begin the season under pressure to end the club’s trophy drought and will at least have plenty of fronts to compete on from domestic cups to continental competition.

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