Saturday, April 20, 2024

COVID-19: Premier League teams set to scale back player training regimes

According to the Daily Mail, teams across the Premier League have begun to scale back player home training regimes after accepting that it will be months rather than weeks before football is in a position to resume.

The report says that players are preparing for a ‘close season’ period wherein they will be encouraged to combine rest with light exercise.

Normally, this kind of scaled back exercise regime and period of rest comes during the summer break in between the end of one season and beginning of the next.

It seems clear now though that this break, caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, will be at the very least a similar length of time without football than we would normally get in the off-season.

Premier League star Nicolas Otamendi trains from home
Manchester City star Nicolas Otamendi trains from home

At last weeks meeting between the 20 Premier League clubs, it was agreed that the Premier League will be put on hold until it is ‘safe and appropriate’ to resume.

Players are currently still working on the training regimes assigned to them by their clubs when football came to a halt a few weeks back.

They’re all fairly intense, with the clubs having given the players GPS watches so they can track the exercise done by each player.

Now though, it seems as though those regimes will be relaxed as the Premier League settles in for what looks to be a lengthy period without football.

Meanwhile, a number of Premier League stars including Mason Mount and Kyle Walker have been caught breaching lock-down rules.

Yesterday, Jose Mourinho was even spotted holding a training session with three first team players – a clear violation of the rules. He apologised for that this morning.

Away from the football side of things, the stars of the Premier League have a political minefield to navigate as pressure continues to mount on them to take pay cuts.

Alan Shearer declared this morning that he believes the players should be allowed to make their own decisions on how they can help out.

You can read that full story here.

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