Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has revealed that the Whites’ players have been given training plans to keep them as fit and healthy as possible as the hiatus in the season continues to run on.
He also revealed, though, how challenging it is given that there is no real fixed date for certain – despite hopes that the end of April could mark the time when the season can be thought about as potentially resuming.
Speaking to the show on the radio last night, he said:
“It’s different, it’s completely different and I think the hardest bit is we’re obviously we’re trying to stay fit. The club have been brilliant in terms of we get sent a programme every night and we have to complete it the following day, but we don’t know what we’re aiming for at the moment because we don’t know when we’re going to be back.
“So that’s a tough one, you’re gearing yourself up but you don’t know when for.”
Certainly, the more that they are away from training and the more that they are shut inside, the more likely it is that fitness levels will naturally go down from their peak match sharpness.
Is Bamford good enough for the PL?
The best training programme in the world would still, surely, see players lose some of their sharpness for a game at Sky Bet Championship level and so you can see why a longer break before the season kicks off again could be needed.
The players will need to get back training with one another and effectively have a real pre-season before the campaign can resume, otherwise injuries and poor performances are going to be on the horizon.
It’s a real headache for medical and fitness coaches and you don’t envy them one bit trying to solve it.