Leeds players following Marcelo Bielsa’s strict fitness regime from home

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is keeping his eyes firmly on the promotion prize by sticking his players on strict training routines amid the COVID-19 postponements.

All football has been pushed back until April 30 for the time being, as players up and down the country self-isolate to keep themselves in tip-top condition.

However, the Leeds players are still being put through their paces with home workouts, as instructed by Bielsa and his coaching staff.

So determined was Bielsa to ensure his players weren’t slacking, the fitness staff were sent across Leeds to deliver cycling machines and weights to help with their workouts.

All players are required to weigh in at the start of the day, just as the would at the training ground, to head of fitness Benoit Delaval.

And their diet is also being regulated, with Nessan Costello, the head dietitian, having to reduce the amount of carbohydrates in the body with less matches and cardiovascular work taking place.

The statement from the EFL last week, along with England’s other professional leagues, advised clubs to avoid continuing to train at their usual facilities.

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“The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

“This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

“The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

“In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

“Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

“A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.”

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