Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga has said he will require at least a full week of outdoor training before he can resume league matches at his Japanese team.

The Kashiwa Reysol star striker is among hundreds of professional footballers affected after Japan’s top-flight football league, commonly referred to as the J-League, suspended matches last month following the outbreak of coronavirus globally.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency on April 8 and announced that everyone should remain indoors during that period.

So pending government approval, J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai has set May 30 as the tentative date of return to competition for J-League.

“It has been tough,” Olunga told Nation Sport on Sunday on phone from Japan.

“I can only practice indoors, especially in the gym plus a bit of jogging. I have lost form as a result and will need a bit of pre-season to get back to fitness and be ready to play.”

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Olunga also explained that the unexpected break from playing football had affected his season targets both at club and national team level.

“I had scored against Gamba Osaka in the J-Cup and then scored in the first league match of the season and then the games were stopped. With that form, I was looking to be among the top scorers in the league here and also positively influence the (2021 Africa) Nations Cup qualifiers.

“It is the first thing I am experiencing this and already miss playing football.”

Japan has so far reported 13,000 positive coronavirus cases including attacker Gotoku Sakai who is attached to J-League side Vissel Kobe, and 386 deaths.

With only one round of matches out of a possible 34 played, there have been proposals to compete in only one-legged fixtures considering the season can only be considered complete if a team plays in atleast 50 percent of matches.

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