‘We will get through this’ - Canaries players urge fans to be careful during coronavirus suspension
PUBLISHED: 10:13 15 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:31 15 March 2020
Norwich City players have been reacting to the Premier League season being suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging fans to put their health first and sharing their disappointment.
City head coach Daniel Farke revealed plans for how his players will be staying fit and healthy during the break in a club statement posted on Saturday, with the current plans for a return at Arsenal on Saturday, April 4.
It's unclear whether football will be able to resume next month yet though, with the Covid-19 pandemic not expected to peak for a number of weeks, leaving professional sport suspended for the time being due to the large crowds which follow.
City defender Timm Klose returned to full team training earlier this week after six months out with a knee injury and posted a picture of himself in action at the Lotus Training Centre at Colney, following the postponement of Saturday's home clash with Southampton and next weekend's FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United at Carrow Road.
'Of course I'm delighted to be back in full team training, but that's not the most important thing at the moment,' the Switzerland international posted on his social media accounts.
'Protecting human life must come above any other interest. We will get through this. Don't panic and listen to the experts.'
Uefa are expected to cancel the approaching international fixtures at a meeting on Tuesday, when this summer's European Championship may also be postponed.
City academy products, and England Under-21 internationals, Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons posted reassuring messages to supporters on their Instagram accounts.
Cantwell wrote: 'I now want to wish you all health and to be careful through this difficult time. See you all soon #oneclub #staystrong.'
While Aarons said: 'Saturdays feel weird without a game but most important thing is to stay safe everyone.'
Argentine midfielder Emi Buendia also added his comments during a frustrating time, in a sporting context.
'Last training done before staying home for a time,' Buendia posted on Twitter, alongside a training photo. 'Sad about the news, but all of you should know that health is the most important thing. We play all together now! #stayathome.'
Hertha Berlin loanee Ondrej Duda also urged Canaries fans to be sensible and follow the health guidance being publicised, as his time with the club was put on hold.
'Sadly we can't continue what we love, but to stay healthy is the most important thing for all of us,' wrote the Slovakia international, who was nominated for a major award in his homeland this week.
'Be disciplined, respectful and responsible to yourself and others around you. Take care.'