Michael O’Neill has revealed that his players’ training stats are being transmitted back to Stoke City’s sports science team every day.
All members of the Stoke squad were given fitness plans to follow when the Championship season was suspended earlier this month.
And these became even more important with the subsequent closure of the club’s training ground.
He explained: “I don’t think you have to worry too much about players maintaining fitness because it’s not really a holiday period for them.
“I’m sure they are actually looking forward to getting outside in their gardens and doing something … it’s probably the only time they are getting out of the house.”
“It’s different from, say, an off season which is the players’ down time. Because of the nature of the situation there’s not a great deal that the players can do with their enforced down time other than keep fit.
“The sports science team are monitoring the fitness of the players and working daily with them, albeit remotely. The most contact the players have with the staff is with them because they are doing fitness work at home.
“They have a remote GPS system that allows the sports science team to log the work that they are going and making sure that they are doing the right stuff.”