'Massive...I'm in contact with the players' - Exclusive: Spurs announcement has pundit raving

Alan Hutton insists it is a “massive boost” for the Tottenham squad that they can return to the training ground during the UK-wide lockdown.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland defender claims players will need three weeks or more to get back up to speed after training from home over the last month.

As revealed by Tottenham on Monday, first-team players will be allowed to return to the training ground on an individual basis from today (Tuesday, 28 April) to undergo on-pitch exercise.

Speaking as a former player, Hutton insists that being able to train out on the pitch will be a huge boost for the senior squad after weeks of isolation at home.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s a massive boost. I’m obviously in contact with a few other players and there’s only so much you can do, there’s only so much treadmill running or street running, whatever you can do in the back garden or the local field.

“Actually getting to the training ground and being in the vicinity of physios, strength and conditioning coaches to guide you with what you’re doing helps you get back on track.

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“I know what it’s like to be a footballer and if you miss three or four weeks, you can’t get back and the next week go play a game, that’s not how it works. It’s going to take three-plus weeks to get back to fitness and even then there’s no games involved. Fitness is different from match fitness.

“You need to really be using a ball within your fitness and you can only really get that at the training ground. It’s good to see there’s been a little bit of movement.” 

A number of Tottenham players have come under fire for breaching the government’s social distancing guidelines during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Manager Jose Mourinho was pictured putting Tanguy Ndombele through his paces in a local park, while Serge Aurier shared a video of him training alongside midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

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