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Curtis Urges Patience Over Football Return

Winger understands why the sport is still suspended

5 May 2020

Ronan Curtis
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Ronan Curtis has been making sure he remains in good physical condition for when football resumes.

But the Republic of Ireland international knows that sport has to take a backseat to the health and wellbeing of the country.

Pompey have not played since a 2-2 draw with fellow promotion chasers Fleetwood at Fratton Park on March 10.

And while eager to return to League One action again, Curtis understands why that is currently not possible

He said: “We all miss it – players, staff and fans. But there are more important things at the moment and you only have to look at the NHS, who are working hard to save lives.

“Football’s a big deal and we want to be back playing, although we can’t be doing that when people are still dying.

"We all miss it – players, staff and fans. But there are more important things at the moment."

Ronan Curtis

“It’s a nightmare to be stuck at home, but I’m doing okay. You just keep yourself to yourself and get on with it.

“We’re still working hard to stay fit by doing training at home. I’ve been going on 5k runs and doing bike rides.

“I’ve got weights and some other equipment at my house, so you can still do workouts to keep in shape.”

With the possibility of lockdown measures being eased over the next few weeks, Curtis has returned to the south coast from his family home in Ireland.

He explained. “I’ve just got back to the city and had gone home because it was easier to go out and exercise.

“There are so many people who know me in Portsmouth and you would have some trying to stop you and talk, which I obviously can’t do at the moment.”


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