Supersport United coach Pitso Mosimane revealed he fears for his players' health ahead of their Castle Premiership fixture with Wits University at the Securicor Loftus stadium on Wednesday night.
Mosimane's players not had an off-season break due to their participation in the African Champions League competition.
United face a tough Wits side, who under the astute guidance of Roger de Sa has improved in leaps and bounds and developed several top South African players, but Mosimane feels his players' mental state must be in order if they are to achieve anything this season.
"The players are mentally tired, they have not had a break since the end of last season," Mosimane told SASoccer365.com.
To add to their woe, Supersport have now gone two months without a win, their last victory coming at the Securicor Loftus ground, when they trounced Zulu Royals 8-1.
"Psychologically, the players are concerned. Our last win was against Zulu Royals, which is a long time ago," added Mosimane.
United's chances of getting their PSL season off to a good start have received a major blow with the two key midfielders in Peter Khoabane, who was injured during their 1-1 African Champions League draw against Jean D' Arc last Saturday, and Molefi Ntsoelengoe, who is also injured.
Fellow midfielder Denis Masina will be hoping to pass a late fitness test to be included in the starting line-up.
Mosimane also revealed that Supersport United have signed Manning Rangers striker Dale Studzinski on a three-year deal, but added that the lanky forward will not feature on Wednesday
He also revealed he club's ambitions this season and we slammed the refereeing in the Champions League competition.
"We will be contending for the Castle Premiership title and will be aiming to qualify for the African Champions League competition again," said Mosimane.
"However, with the refs being the cheats they are, it's hard to go really far in the competition, but we want to give it another go."