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Matt Targett of Aston Villa warns that players will be unsuitable if the Premier League resumes next month

‘You need five or six weeks to get in shape’: Aston Villa star Matt Targett warns players will miss competitive fitness when the Premier League resumes next month and admits’ it felt so weird to have a ball at your feet to have’

  • Matt Targett, Aston Villa defender, believes players need more time to get fit
  • The Premier League hopes to resume the season in the middle of next month
  • Villa is one of the many top flying clubs that are training again this week
  • But Targett says stars take five or six weeks to get back to peak condition
  • He admitted it felt ‘weird’ to have a ball on his feet after training again
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Matt Targett, defender of Aston Villa, has expressed doubts about the Premier League’s plan to resume the season on June 19 by warning that the players will be short of top form in that case.

Top flying clubs have started training in small groups this week, with plans to move to full-contact training in the near future, as players and staff are tested for coronavirus twice a week.

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and former Arsenal and English physio Gary Lewin – who advocates a return on June 26 – have already warned of the dangers of returning to action prematurely. Targett – whose side is 19th in the table – has revealed that there is still a long way to go before he returns to peak condition.

Matt Targett of Aston Villa admits players are struggling to get fit in time for a return in June

Matt Targett of Aston Villa admits players are struggling to get fit in time for a return in June

“You need more than five or six weeks to get in shape,” he said. ‘[In the first session on Tuesday] I felt so much heavier running around.

‘You do different types of runs (in training), which is completely different from running around in a park. It is much more intense.

“It is very different. We have received our individual programs. It just felt so weird to have a ball on your feet. ‘

The German Bundesliga restarted last weekend, after many of their clubs started small-group training on April 6 – 40 days before competitive football returned.

Targett also indicated that Villa had received ‘the all-clear’ after the first round of coronavirus testing was conducted on Sunday.

The left back revealed that he and his Aston Villa teammates had all tested negative for coronavirus

The left back revealed that he and his Aston Villa teammates had all tested negative for coronavirus

The left back revealed that he and his Aston Villa teammates had all tested negative for coronavirus

Six of the 748 tests taken throughout the league came back positive, including Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan, a player and two Watford employees.

Targett told the BBC, “Training was a bit delayed as we waited to get our results from our tests we did on Sunday. Once we got clear, we went out in small groups in different places.

“It was good to be with the boys again. It felt strange to train in small groups.

“I was with Tyrone Mings, Douglas Luiz and Pepe Reina. You only do individual position stuff. You cannot do much. You have to keep tapping and trying to get yourself back into a certain shape. ‘


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