Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill has revealed that the Potters are keeping a watchful eye on their charges by monitoring each player’s fitness levels on a daily basis.
This follows the news that the Football League will be postponed until the 30th April at the earliest after new rules were enforced by the British government to combat the threat of the Coronavirus outbreak, that has swept the nation in recent weeks.
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With nine league games to go of the Championship season, the Potters are still far from safe at the time of writing with the Stoke-on-Trent based club currently occupying 17th place in the standings.
Speaking to the club’s official website, O’Neill was quick to underline the steps that the club are taking to keep their players in check during this enforced break in play:
“The sports science team are monitoring the fitness of the players and working daily with them, albeit remotely. The most contact the players have with the staff is with them because they are doing fitness work at home.
“They have a remote GPS system that allows the sports science team to log the work that they are going and making sure that they are doing the right stuff.”
O’Neill has only been in charge of the Championship club since November and has overseen an upturn in form since taking over the reins from Nathan Jones, just seeing the Potters move away from the relegation zone in the process.
This is an unprecedented time for the club and football as a whole, and as such clubs up and down the country are putting measures in place to ensure that their players stay in peak physical condition ahead of a return to action.
The Potters will no doubt be keen to get back to playing football as they seek to banish any lingering relegation worries after what has been a season to forget at the Bet365 Stadium.
Meanwhile, O’Neill will no doubt be laying some of the groundwork for the following campaign as the Potters seek to return to the Premier League at the third attempt.