‘At this time, football is not the most important topic’ - City boss Farke reveals reduced training programme
PUBLISHED: 19:39 14 March 2020 | UPDATED: 19:39 14 March 2020
Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has revealed all players at the club will be given a reduced training programme in light of the coronavirus outbreak which has led to the suspension of Premier League football.
The Premier League, EFL and FA announced on Friday that all footballing activity would be suspended until April 4, due to the health crisis which is affecting sport globally.
City were due to face Southampton at Carrow Road on Saturday, but will now face a three week absence from fixtures.
The governing body is set to meet on Thursday to discuss the future of the current season - with some thinking it should be cancelled and resumed in August.
For the City boss, football is secondary as society looks to deal with COVID-19.
'At this time, football is not the most important topic. The most important thing is the safety of our staff, players and supporters,' Farke said.
'We know have to act carefully and responsibly during what is a stormy and crazy time for society. We have a duty to look after those around us.
'Yes, we are working with football players here in Norwich City, but also we are working with human beings. We must have a responsible training schedule and be all in a good physical and mental state to be prepared for every opportunity. Having a balance between training and rest is important.'
City's first FA Cup quarter-final in 28 years against Manchester United has also been cancelled.
The Canaries will now embark upon a period of rest whilst ensuring they maintain their fitness through individualised training programmes.
'We continue to take advice from doctors and medical staff and will be careful with our training methods. We'll prepare as best as we can, but we're being especially careful in this period,' he told the club's official website.
'The period will allow for some of our injured players to continue their work. The likes of Onel Hernandez, Timm Klose, Sam Byram - these players have had tough moments, but they can focus their work over this time.
'We also have to thank all of our supporters, for understanding and being with us in this difficult time. We know everyone wants to see us playing football, but in this moment we wish people to stay safe and act carefully. It is a difficult time, but we will see everyone on the other side.'