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McGreal Eyes Training Return

Squad could be back at Florence Park soon

20 May 2020

John McGreal is eyeing a return to training for his U's squad as early as next week.

The Colchester United Head Coach is ready to go on resuming training, ahead of the potential Play-Off Semi-Finals against Exeter City.

Official confirmation that these Play-Off matches will take place is expected on Wednesday afternoon, and McGreal thinks that training could begin next Monday.

He explained to the Colchester Gazette: "We're looking to try and get back training on May 25th and then we will see when the Play-Offs are played, if everything is confirmed."

"There are a lot of opinions in football at the moment, from the Premier League to the National League and the leagues below that. Everyone has an opinion and my opinion is to get back to football when it's healthy to do so.

"The health side of things has to be in place and it has to be really safe to play football. The Bundesliga have put a lot of processes in place and we can certainly learn from that.

"It's something different that I probably wouldn't normally have been watching at this time.

"With what's gone on with Covid-19, the German league is the first one really to go back and everyone is intrigued to see how well it all goes.

"Everyone wants the game to come back and I'm certainly no different. But it has to be fit and healthy to do so - the health of the players, staff and everyone involved is paramount and we'll be guided by the governing bodies on that.

"As players and coaches, we're guided by Robbie. He's had a good meeting last week and the discussions have been going on for weeks."

The U's will make the Play-Offs, having moved into sixth place in the table following the 3-0 win at Carlisle in their last match on March 7th.

"It was a hugely important win but it's been a brilliant season for us, so far with the league form and the cup results."

"In the early part of this season being suspended, I remember watching a few of our games back.

"We looked back at the Cheltenham home game, with the offside goal and other things that went against us that day.

"After that game, the boys dusted themselves down, went up to Carlisle and got a great result. Who was to know what was going to happen after that?

"Suddenly, it all stopped and this is now where we are." 

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