Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes says he is confident his side will be ready to continue their play-off push when the season resumes as a result of their specialised home training programme.
It was announced earlier this month that the EFL and Premier League had decided to suspend all fixtures until early April, but this has now been pushed back to April 30th at the earliest due to the growing health concerns surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak.
This suspension has interrupted Swansea’s push for the play-offs in the Championship, with Steve Cooper’s side currently sitting 11th in the table and three points adrift of sixth-placed Preston following a 0-0 draw with West Brom before the break.
Speaking to the club website, Grimes has revealed that each player has had a fitness programme designed specifically for them, while he went on to further express his confidence in the squad being ready for the final run-in when the time eventually comes.
“We’ve had a fitness programme designed specifically for each player, so we’re all fully committed to that to make sure we are keeping our fitness levels as high as possible,” said Grimes.
“As captain I’ve been in constant dialogue with the players and the gaffer. We’ve got a great bunch of lads and everyone is sticking to the plans given to them.
“Whenever the time comes for the season to continue, I’m confident the squad will be as prepared as possible for the run-in.”
Grimes has been an integral player for Swansea during their promotion bid in the Championship this term, with the Swans’ club captain having played every minute of league action which has seen him register a total of 38 appearances this campaign.
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This unprecedented fixture suspension has plunged the remainder of the season into serious doubt, and the major challenge for clubs will now be to ensure that their players are physically ready for fixtures to resume whenever this becomes possible.
There are a large number of teams who will feel they have a serious chance of making the play-offs this season, and it seems Swansea are not letting themselves lose ground in the promotion race by handing training programmes to their players.
The fact this remains a developing situation means there is no guarantee that football will resume on April 30th, but it is still important Swansea players work towards this date as they will need something to aim for during the coming weeks.
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