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Naylor: Indoor Life Not Ideal, But Necessary

Skipper reveals how he's coping with lockdown

3 April 2020

Tom Naylor
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It is a necessary evil during these unprecedented times we are currently living through.

But Tom Naylor admits that it is difficult having to spend so much time cooped up at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pompey squad have been doing their best to keep up fitness levels by following programmes set by the club.

And Naylor revealed that they have been using technology to keep in in contact during the lockdown.

The Blues skipper said: “I went back up north when the Accrington game was postponed, although had to come down to get some clothes and things before returning.

“We’ve been doing quite a lot of running and body workouts – it’s just about getting through it as best we can.

"Most people know that I like my golf and I can’t do that at the minute – I’m finding that quite difficult!"

Tom Naylor

“But there is only so much you can do when you’re stuck indoors for most of the day and of course it’s not ideal.

“Most people know that I like my golf and I can’t do that at the minute – I’m finding that quite difficult!

“But we’ve got some WhatsApp groups, so the lads are all speaking. There’s a lot of banter and it’s nice to see what the boys are up to.

“The important thing is that we’ve all got to do what we’re told and stay indoors until we hear otherwise.”

Naylor usually shares a house with fellow midfielder Andy Cannon, who was one of five Pompey players to test positive for the coronavirus.

“I rang him straight away,” said the 28-year-old. “He’d been feeling a bit tired just before the Peterborough game, so might have had it then.

“When the test came back, though, he was fine. He was obviously a bit down, but there were no symptoms.

“I couldn’t go and see him for obvious reasons and hadn’t had my results back at that point, so was a bit paranoid.

“It was a relief when (head physio) Bobby Bacic told me my test came back negative, but the important thing is that everyone’s feeling fine at the moment.”


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