Steve seems very cautious about getting the players ready to start the season up again, possibly in mid-June, which he has already said is too early.
The players have been away for a good two months, and as he rightly says, that’s about as long as the players will get off in their careers.
They have been doing daily exercises to keep fit, so they should all come back in good physical shape.
But the danger of injuries in training and then when the games start again must be very high.
The players are currently in phase one of their training schedule, which doesn’t allow any contact and certainly no tackling.
Steve Bruce – worried about injuries
This is some of what the Newcastle manager has said::
“Phase two will be contact – and that will be the vital time.”
“We’ve had something like eight weeks off now and for a professional footballer that’s unprecedented.”
“Even in midsummer, we have six weeks off maximum then six weeks training in pre-season.”
“We can’t just expect the players to ready like that.”
“I have seen the date in June and I don’t see how that will be possible or we’ll get injuries galore.”
“As long as it’s safe.”
“We have to respect the players, but I think the vast majority at Newcastle are ready to go back to work.”
“That’s a good sign.”
The Premier League are pushing for a mid-June restart to the season, and the current plan is to finish the 9 games for each club in about five weeks.
That’s very aggressive, especially when the players are only just returning from a long layoff.
Newcastle are also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a home game against Manchester City, so we will have at least 10 games to play, and maybe more.