PSG forward, Neymar JR says he is “training hard” to be ready for whenever there is a return to playing.
Football in France was suspended on 13th March. Paris St-German were awarded the Ligue 1 title after the season was ended earlier than usual due to COVID-19.
Despite the end of 2019/20 Ligue 1 season, PSG remains in the Champions League which UEFA still hopes can be completed.
The forward has been in his native Brazil since the start of a strict lockdown in France in mid-March. Neymar has been “training hard” to be ready for whenever there is a return to playing.
“The aim is to be ready for when they signal the return of club activated. So, I can be in the best possible condition.”
“I’m here training hard with the same rhythm and frequency that I would with the club. Training even harder actually, with more activated to compensate for the lack of games.”
“Of course, I miss the competition. But fitness coach, Ricardo Rosa set up a program that I have been following to the letter.”
Fitness coach-Ricardo Rosa
“We’ve been trying to hold sessions during the morning than in the evening. We’ve been working in the most focused of ways because we don’t know the date we’ll be returning to our activities or when games will return.”
“It’s been good and the outcomes have been good. We have been working on Neymar’s strength here at the gym, varying that with training in a sandbox and playing footvolley.”
“We’ve been trying to keep Neymar healthy with a good level of skill and performance so that we can return to France at any moment as nothing was established in a positive manner. So, there’s a variety of work to do. We’ve also been doing work to prevent him from injuries and working on his cardiovascular system.”
Neymar has posted a video of his fitness program to his Instagram account. The 28-year-old documents his efforts to stay as sharp as possible during his period of lockdown in Brazil.
His last game for PSG was when he scored behind closed doors in a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on 11 March as the French champions overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit to reach the last eight.N