Athletic Making Plans To Return To Training At Lezama
Training at home may soon be coming to an end for the Athletic first team squad. Recent meetings between La Liga, the Spanish Football Federation, and the National Sports Council have outlined plans that would allow teams to return to training in early May if allowed by the government.
Returning to training would require that teams follow very strict guidelines that would limit how many players and coaches can be together as well as require routine testing for Covid-19. At first players will be forced to train separately from each other and must shower and change at home because the locker room will be closed. After a period of time the players will eventually start working together in small groups as restrictions loosen.
In preparation for the return of training Gaizka Garitano is already making plans and organizing how to conduct sessions, per Juanma Velasco of Marca. The manager will have assistant coaches, fitness coaches, and one doctor available on site at Lezama.
To begin with, Garitano will lead training on one field at Lezama accompanied by goalkeeping coach Aitor Iru and fitness coach Juan Iribarren. On another field, assistant coach Patxi Ferreira will oversee a group along with Alberto Iglesias and physical trainers Xabi Clemente and Imanol Martín.
Iribarren and the other fitness coaches have been responsible for providing each player a daily individualized training plan for working out at home. Once the squad is able to return to Lezama assessments will be made with the goal of putting new plans in place to get the players back into the best shape before games begin again.
As plans are being made to return to training, it’s important to note that nothing is official at this point and the league must continue following the measures required by the government. Once permission is granted, Athletic have everything in place to immediately return to Lezama.