By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

21st Mar, 2020 | 9:30pm

'The problem now is' – Exclusive: Paul Robinson details critical issue for Leeds after shutdown

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson has said that the problem Leeds face now is that they have no idea when the season will re-start and that makes it tough to compile accurate training programs for the players. 

The Leeds players are training at home because of the Coronavirus and the Championship season has been suspended until at least April 30.

There’s a groundswell of opinion to finish the 19/20 season however long it takes and Robinson thinks that’s the right thing to do.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Players will be given programs like they are in pre-season.

“When you leave for the season you’re always given a program to follow which is obviously very light as you start and intensifies as you get nearer the start of the next season.

“The problem now is that there’s no due back date. When you’re in pre-season you can tailor a program to run until a set time.

“Now, at the moment, there’s no definite date to aim for but football is a 24/7 job now and the players will carry on doing their jobs and keeping fit to a certain level, and then it will be a case of getting together a week before the first game.

“The clubs will get back into the training grounds a week before, to get match fitness in the early part of the week and tactical ball work towards the end.”

While the Leeds players are training at home they’re still weighing themselves and following strict diets.

We’re sure that Bielsa’s squad – who were in the best shape in the Championship before this kicked off – will still be the fittest afterwards, even if their levels have dropped.

The fact that Robinson thinks it would only take a week to get match fit is interesting and shows how quickly things could resume when the EFL gives the all-clear.

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