It is no secret that COVID-19 has had serious adverse effect on the world’s economy and that, of course, includes the football world. Football was forced to an impromptu break in March by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The resumption of football was met by lack of match fitness and hectic fixtures which culminated to playing at least two competitive matches in a week for over a month and half.
With barely over a month break with little or no preseason, the 2020/2021 league campaign kicked off. Due to the delay in last season caused by COVID-19, football calendar was drafted in such a way to fit into the normal football calendar resulting in fixtures congestion.
Clubs and players are beginning to reap the injury reward as a result of fatigue. The top clubs in European competition playing twice in a week are being hit hard with injuries.
In premier league Liverpool have had a greater share of injuries to their key defensive players with the likes Virgil Van Dijk who is set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, Fabinho who was a make-shift defender in Van Dijk absence is also missing, Trent Alexander-Arnold was stretched off during the weekend match against Manchester City and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks and the most recent blow was Joe Gomez who picked up a knee related injury on international duty with England national team. Arsenal are also there in the fold, Thomas Partey, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli are all out injured.
A trip across the continent to Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling with long term injuries to key players. Barcelona Starlet Ansu Fati sustained a knee injury that will sideline him for at least four months. Across the capital in Madrid, Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde suffered a broken leg in a La Liga clash with Valencia and will be out for a long period. Dani Carvajal and Nacho are also sidelined.
In Germany, Bayern Munich will have to make do without the services of Joshua Kimmich until January after he damaged his lateral meniscus during a bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday 7th November 2020.
These injury woes have in one way or the other affected players and clubs form, hence taking off the shine and disrupting the flow of football.
The top club will have to find a way to manage their players to avoid further injuries else the world might experience a football’s paradigm shift in power as a result of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).