Senior Sheffield Wednesday man describes gruelling week in training

Sheffield Wednesday’s first week back from training after the coronavirus suspension has been ‘like a mini pre-season’, according to the club’s vice-captain Barry Bannan.

Saturday, 30th May 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st May 2020, 3:23 pm

Owls players Moses Odubajo, Fernando Forestieri and Atdhe Nuhiu have all described a similar story, with the Argentina-born trickster describing head of sports science Tony Strudwick as ‘The Killer’ in a tongue-in-cheek social media post after a particularly difficult fitness testing session.

Players have their temperatures taken on arrival at their Middlewood Road training ground each day and are not allowed to leave their cars if they return an unsatisfactory test. They’re also tested for coronavirus twice a week.

Describing the measures the club have gone to to protect its players, Bannan said: “It is a bit strange when you get to the training ground and the rules are pretty strict. You go in individually and the doctor will come over and take your temperature.

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“We were given a coronavirus test kit on Monday to do in our own cars before entering the training ground and that will be the routine until we’re told otherwise.

“It takes five to 10 minutes maximum before you can get out of the car and go on to the field to start training.

“The only way you can describe it really is like it’s coming back into pre-season. You can’t get too close to anyone or anything like that but we know the circumstances and understand the situation so until further notice that’s what we will have to adhere to.

“We had gone nine weeks without training so it was a long time and you have to build back up. I spent time with my family but then after a while you miss that competitiveness of training and your daily routine.“We’re training in groups of four and I’ve got some really good runners in mine!

Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri gives a thumbs up in his return to training this week.

“Every group gets their results in the group chat afterwards with all the running stats and they’ve been good, which just shows the professionalism of all the boys. It’s been hard work but it’s great to be back.”