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Everton have reaveled the details of their plans on how their players are staying fit and healthy during their time away from the club.
Finch Farm is currently self-isolated as the squad were told to stay away from training facilities after one player showed symptoms consistent with coronavirus last week.
Toffees’ players are on individual training programmes in order to be as safe as possible while the club waits for an update from the Premier League, as a meeting between the 20 clubs over the phone is scheduled to take place on Thursday.
The club’s Director of Medical Services, Danny Donachie, and Francesco Mauri, Head of Physical Conditioning, were putting together a new plan – with manager Carlo Ancelotti in permanent contact with his squad too.
Mauri explained how the Toffees used the technology at their disposal to send videos to the players, and how the programme works to maintain as much physical condition as possible.
Speaking to evertonfc.com, he said:
“It is a strange and difficult situation but we tried to react immediately… we decided to prepare a programme where the players have different training sessions for one week, but they can repeat those routines during subsequent weeks.
“We used our technology to send a programme with videos and descriptions of activities to the players. The training is focused on aerobic conditioning, strength and mobility.
“Our goal is to avoid loss of physical condition and some of the exercises are centred on injury prevention. I am sure that the players understand how it is important to move and to keep the body in good shape. We trust them and know they are professionals.”
The players are on their individual gym programmes throughout the campaign, and Donachie confirmed the present work is a continuation of that.
“We have given them their usual gym programmes added to aerobic work they can do at home with a bike or treadmill, or in a safe outside space,” he said.
“The players follow individual gym programmes during the season, so the work they are doing is a continuation of that.
“We have not given them any football-specific training for now and everything they are doing is as safe as possible in terms of avoiding injury.
“Motivation is never an issue and there is some novelty for the players, they are at home and in their own gyms, so that benefits us in the short-term.
“The manager’s main concern is the health of the players, staff and their families. He is behind everything we are doing and he is waiting for further developments, then we will know what we are going to do longer-term.”
Source- Liverpool Echo