From my observations he has not been the same since covid. Pretty sure it is to blame.Agreed, he has the ability to play for the socceroos, and yes, it is a worry. I don't know which is worse, a chronic post-covid fitness issue, a falling out of favour, ala Bozanic or a financial consideration [I think McKinna benched Gumps so that a clause in the contract wasnt triggered]. Some info from the club on this would be nice.
I had a very mild infection in January, but the post covid has been a real struggle. No stamina, aerobic fitness absolutely shot, immune system weakened (lots of bacterial infections), brain fog (no one noticed a difference ). I feared I had long covid.
Last week over a period of about 24 hours I came good. I felt so good, that I realised how crook I had been. I am now working on getting my fitness back to its normal low level from non existent.
If Niz has had similar issues even if much milder, I can definitely understand his loss of fitness. It may be unnoticeable but only shows in an inability to go for the full 90 minutes.