Newcastle United players were told when the Premier League was shut down on Friday, March 13th, that they should not consider this to be a holiday.
The Chronicle is reporting today the players were told they had to work hard while the suspension lasts, and they were each given individual training programs they had to adhere to.
Newcastle have planned well for this, and the medics are keeping a check – remotely – on each player’s fitness.
Dr. Paul Catterson is one of the best in the business, and he’s made sure our players are being protected and doing the right things.
Federico Fernandez has been one of our best players this season, and he has recently had the one year option taken up on his Newcastle contract – so he’s delighted to be staying at least another year.
W are delighted at that too – Fede seems to love it at Newcastle, and he’s an outstanding player with stacks of experience in the Premier League and at international level.
Steve Bruce with Fede Fernandez
After one-year extension announced
This is what Fede has said on the Newcastle web-site about what he’s doing during the suspended season.
“From the club, we have to do some fitness work – they’ve told us pretty clearly it’s no holiday and we need to keep working – so I’ve tried to do that at home or outside in the garden,”
“I love to play with the kids and stay with the family and my wife, sharing a lot of time together that sometimes can be difficult.”
“I speak with my family in Argentina, where the virus has now started – more than 100 cases – so obviously our parents and grandparents need to take it very seriously.”
“After that, there is not much to do. I just help my wife clean the house and tidy up all the toys! We are doing OK. We know it could be a long time with this situation. “
“We will stay calm and stay at home. It’s not only about us – it’s about everyone.”
If only Mike Ashley would realize that players these days can play well into their 30s, we’d have a more experienced team.
But Steve Bruce seems to be savvy and is trying to tie down the experienced players he wants in the side.
With the lockdown in place in the UK, stay at home and stay safe.
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