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No Concerns For Club Physio

29 May 2013

PNE's Head Physiotherapist Matthew Jackson is confident that every Lilywhites player will be fit for the start of pre-season.

The first team squad are due back in training in just a few weeks’ time and Jackson is convinced they will all be in top shape following a well-deserved break.

“They’re all professionals so they know how to look after themselves, it's down time for them,” he said.

"They work hard during the season so they’ve got to make the most of this time and enjoy themselves before the hard work starts again.

“But at the same time they’re professional enough not to get up to too much mischief and if they do they come and see me.”

Following a torrent of injuries last term, the Club’s medical department are pleased to have less work, in terms of player casualties, this summer than in previous years.

“This season we’re fortunate that we haven’t got any long term injuries that we need to keep an eye on,” Jackson added.

“A lot of our time is spent preparing for the pre-season period. I’ll be getting all the ordering done and sorting all the boring stuff that’s done behind the scenes.”

Left back Scott Laird was initially a worry after he suffered a broken leg in November, but Jackson is content with the 26-year-old’s recovery and has given him the all clear to continue with full training.

“I have no concerns with him,” he said. “We threw everything at him in terms of getting the bone to heal and he responded really well to it.

“He’ll be back in a couple of weeks’ time, before the other lads, just to top his fitness up. He’ll hit the ground running and he’ll be flying.”

In the meantime, the players will be kept busy with a strict training regime which focusses on their specific skills and weaknesses - geared towards getting them ready for the new season.

“They’ve all got individual programmes that have been put together for them,” Jackson continued. “It’s all based around getting ready so that they’re coming in and not already playing catch up.

“It’s made up of a bog standard running programme and injury prevention stuff for them to complete as well.”

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