Everton’s Head of Physical Conditioning Francesco Mauri has given an update on the team’s training sessions ahead of the Premier League restart.
After more than two months of self-training and no regular match preparation, the Blues join the rest of the top flight teams in looking towards their first game back since March. Sessions originally consisted of small groups but now full team training and contact drills have been reintroduced. According to a report from the club, a full-scale 11 v 11 practice match is on the cards for next week.
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Mauri has had high praise for the Everton players who are taking on a “big challenge” as they prepare for their first match back, which will be against Liverpool. He went on to say that the competitive training has been beneficial for the team because ‘the players want to win’.
“They are teammates but there is a lot of competition between teammates,” Mauri continued. “Ultimately, you have to show you deserve to play, so sometimes you have to be better than your teammates to have that possibility.”
On a gloomier note, the Blues have suffered two injury blows in quick succession through Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Yerry Mina. The latest fitness update announced the defender would miss the Premier League resumption due to a thigh muscle injury. Gbamin has damaged his Achilles and will require surgery and a lengthy spell on the sidelines to recover.
Those injury updates come as a setback to an Everton squad seemingly in fine fettle, judging by Mauri’s comments.
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