Hay shares what Leeds players are 'resigned to the fact' of happening after speaking to Klich
Leeds United players are “resigned to the fact” that they will be a force to train at home for a long time, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Leeds’ squad are, like the rest of the country, in lockdown and unable to leave their home except for once a day to exercise or to go to the shops.
For professional footballers, getting the required amount of exercise is bound to be difficult due to the limitations of what they can do at home.
Leeds have sent exercise equipment, such as bikes, to players’ houses and Marcelo Bielsa is keeping tabs on their weight and fitness.
However that doesn’t quell the boredom of staying in at home all the time and being unable to train with the rest of the squad at Thorp Arch.
Ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Hay spoke to Mateusz Klich earlier this week and he has shared what life has been like for the Leeds United midfielder during this unprecedented lockdown.
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“We spoke to him the other day over Zoom, or some other app and he’s doing what every other player is doing, running as much as they can, they’re training at home with the bikes and the weights and the mats and other strengthening equipment,” Hay said on the Phil Hay podcast [via Spotify].
“He said himself: ‘I’m pretty bored, the days are quite mundane. The routine is pretty mundane’.
“They’re desperate to get back into it. And don’t forget this hasn’t come in August or September, it’s come right at the peak of the season. The point of which when things were going to be decided. Notably for Leeds, promotion and the Championship title.
“They’re not making any secret of the fact it’s dull and are finding it a drag. And I think they’re all resigned to the fact this could go on for a while longer.”
It must be frustrating for the Leeds players but it is not as if they are the only ones in this situation.
Yes, it is difficult at the moment and yes, this lockdown could go on for months and months due to the growing rate of coronavirus cases and deaths across the country and across the globe.
Klich, his team-mates and other football players need to get used to this life for the foreseeable future.
In other Leeds United news, UEFA have shared their stance on abandoning seasons.