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Jackett: Everyone's Circumstances Are Different

Boss reflects on the challenge of keeping squad fit during lockdown

6 April 2020

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The coronavirus lockdown is hardly ideal for professional athletes trying to remain at the peak of physical fitness.

But Kenny Jackett insists his squad are doing the best they can to keep levels high during these unprecedented times.

Pompey players are making the most of the opportunity to leave home once a day in order to exercise.

Jackett also revealed there is plenty of work they can do at home in order to stay sharp before football is allowed to resume.

The Blues boss said: “All the players are feeling good, although each person has their own situation to deal with.

“Everyone’s circumstances are slightly different during this lockdown – some are married and some are single, while there are parents and children to take into consideration.

"You can use that one piece of exercise in the government guidelines to get outside and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing."

Kenny Jackett

“You have to bear that in mind and work out how to stay fit and healthy, making sure you’re fully prepared.

“Everyone would love to be training and playing again, but we understand the bigger picture is far more important.

“You can use that one piece of exercise in the government guidelines to get outside and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing.

“There are plenty of things to do indoors, but nothing beats running in the fresh air – over long and short distances.

“We’re giving all the players varying programmes every week and everyone’s doing their best to get through this.”

Pompey should have been facing Salford in the final of the Leasing.com Trophy at Wembley last Sunday.

Jackett said: “The time has gone quickly since we beat Sunderland 12 months ago and it’s a shame that we weren’t able to defend the silverware at the weekend.

“I’m sure we’ll get back there at some stage and, once again, we realise that there are bigger priorities right now.”


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