Kenny McLean explains how Norwich City players are coping with coronavirus quarantine

PUBLISHED: 13:02 23 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:03 23 March 2020

Kenny McLean has been speaking about how Norwich City's players are keeping fit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Kenny McLean has been speaking about how Norwich City's players are keeping fit. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Kenny McLean has admitted that it’s been difficult to think about playing football as the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect society in an unprecedented manner.

City were set to play back-to-back home games against Southampton and an FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United prior to domestic football becoming suspended.

The Scottish international has been discussing how City’s footballers are maintaining their fitness during a period of immense difficulty.

“Nobody has been really mentioning the football side of things,” he said.

“The doctor has been added to the group chat and he has been basically keeping us up to date with everything and telling us what to do. That’s what our group chat consists of just now.

McLean in action during City's Premier League match against Sheffield United. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdMcLean in action during City's Premier League match against Sheffield United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“We have been told to stay away and we have our individual programmes. The club have delivered bikes and some other equipment to the boys so that we can get on with it.

“We sign in to a programme every morning and we have an app that we need to complete just to make sure we are doing our stuff so luckily you don’t need to leave the house too much.

“As it stands, we are in on April 5 so we will see how that goes.”

McLean was set for a dramatic and pivotal end of the season for both club and country, with City looking to complete a great escape whilst Scotland were preparing for a Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel.

The Premier League is reportedly drawing up plans for a June return. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdThe Premier League is reportedly drawing up plans for a June return. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“It is hard to think about the position we are in and the games with Norwich and Scotland with the way things are going.

“When we got told to stay away I think everybody knew international games would be called off and then after a couple of weeks realised that the Euros wouldn’t be going ahead this year,” McLean told PA.

“We found ourselves in a pretty poor position at Norwich but we felt we were getting a bit of momentum.

“I think the games will come thick and fast if we get the league back up and running. We need to keep ourselves as fit as possible and be ready.

“It does seem a long, long time from going in every day for training and seeing the boys. It feels a lot longer away than it has been.

“Unfortunately, we can’t affect anything now, in terms of playing football so we just need to get on with it. Right now we just have to look after each other.”

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