Reading captain Liam Moore has provided fans with an update on how the team’s training, and what they’re doing during this off-season.
All football in England, as it has around much of Europe and the world, has been postponed.
It was announced last week that Premier League and English Football League fixtures had been pushed back to April 30th due to the outbreak of coronavirus, with the date initially set at April 3rd.
It’s left a nation of football fans bored, but Moore told the Reading Chronicle about his shock of the team being allowed to train as normal:
“On the footballing side of things, up until this point, we’ve been able to continue as normal – which sounds crazy, considering there are no games.
“With everything that has been printed and spoken about football, it is hard to go on as normal, but the coaching staff here have done a great job.”
A lot of footballers are currently self-isolating. Teams in the Championship have gone about the outbreak in different ways, and Reading have been lucky enough to continue as they were before, preparing for their end of April restart:
“We’ve been in training as we would have been for two Saturday games, getting some good work in during the week. They’ve made it as fun as possible.
“We know now the earliest we’re going to play again will be the end of April, which again, is disappointing – but as I said earlier, the most important thing right now is fighting this virus.
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“But the work doesn’t stop. We’ve all been given individual training plans to complete to the best of our ability, involving a lot of body-weight exercises from home, muscle strengthening and maintenance work”
A lot of responsibility could be thrust upon players in the coming weeks to stay match-fit whilst self-isolating. There’s no knowing how long it’ll be until football is back, whether it’ll be played behind closed doors and whether or not it’ll have affected the players that much.
Moore is a classy footballer and a well-liked figure at the Madejski. He and Reading like a few lucky teams have been able to train as normal and that could bode well for them come the restart.
There’s five weeks before the football is due to restart and nine games of the season left – if Reading can get an edge over their opponents in the few weeks off, it could put them in pole position to snatch a late spot in the top-six.