Former Socceroos ace Robbie Slater believes a packed schedule to the new A-League season will put more pressure on the clubs and it will be the same as the European clubs.
The number of injuries in the European clubs has been increasing dramatically because of their packed schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic and former Socceroos ace
clubs will have the same future.
The new A-League season will start on December 27 with Macarthur FC playing against Western Sydney and it is going to be the first game of 18 in only eight days.
As the league’s salary cap has been reduced to more than $1 million for the new season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, A-League clubs can now have a maximum of 23 players on their roster under the league’s salary cap.
"That's going to play a big part," Slater said.
"In Europe, that's already happening.
"We've seen many injuries. You look at the champions Liverpool in the EPL, they've lost three or four players.
"The A-League will be similar.
"How will the clubs deal with that? The coaches deal with that?
"We have the disadvantage as well, our squads are smaller than those European clubs.
"We're going to have to wait until the kick-off to discover exactly what these kind of problems are going to amount to for the clubs and the players.”
The A-League is determined to start despite the uncertainty of two clubs’ futures.
Newcastle have not been able to find a new coach since Carl Robinson moved to the Wanderers and they are also looking for new owners.
Central Coast owner Mike Charlesworth has also placed his club up for sale.
Although both clubs’ futures are up in the air, Slater believes they will not go the way of former A-League franchises Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury.
"Of course, those clubs, they appear in trouble and are in trouble in terms of ownership and other things going forward," Slater said.
"But I do know that the owners will make sure that those clubs stay viable.
"There'll be no clubs disappearing, as in Newcastle or Central Coast, at the moment.
"Although it's not ideal I'm confident that they will be OK."
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