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Day blames fatigue for injuries

  • Published at 10:58 pm January 24th, 2020
Bangladesh coach Jamie Day Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

An injury-plagued Bangladesh bowed out in the semi-final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, after losing 3-0 to Burundi

Bangladesh football team head coach Jamie Day has blamed fatigue for an increasing number of injuries among members of his squad for the Bangabandhu Gold Cup.

An injury-plagued Bangladesh bowed out in the semi-final of the tournament, after losing 3-0 to Burundi. 

On-song striker Matin Mia had to leave the pitch injured after only five minutes, while center-back Yeasin Khan missed the match due to illness and experienced defender Topu Barman was suspended. 

Tutul Hossain Badshah, another centre-back, and striker Nabib Newaj Jibon were ruled out during the camp before the tournament, also due to illness.

“Fatigue has played a big part in all of them starting to pick up injuries. Furthermore, the league starts in a week, so when do they get any rest? They need 2/3 weeks off before getting back to the league,” the English coach said Friday.

“A professional footballer plays 40 games a season and then has four/six weeks rest, but they also have the facilities to rest and recover during those 40 games, along with the correct supplements,” he added.

The national players have not gotten enough rest since the end of the Bangladesh Premier League in August last year. 

Since then, they have travelled for three different World Cup qualifying matches and the South Asian Games, and also played in the Federation Cup and Bangabandhu Gold Cup at home.

“Players are the assets, they are not machines. They need to rest in order to deliver regularly on the pitch. They have not had any rest in the last few months, not even in between seasons,” said Bashundhara Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon. 

Four national booters on Bruzon’s team - Masuk Mia Jony, Biplu Ahmed, Yeasin Khan and Matin – have suffered injuries since September.

The Bangladesh Premier League is scheduled to kick off Thursday, but the fixture list has not been revealed yet. 

The national players are expected to return to their clubs by Monday.