In the last week or so, the happy face of Miguel Almirón has once again been a familiar sight at Newcastle United’s training ground-and the Magpies’ top goal scorer says he counts down the days before the return of Steve Bruce’s side to the Premier League action.
Since the season was suspended after the coronavirus outbreak in March, the Paraguay international and his teammates did not play,
but came back last week for the first training session, where the players exercised in small groups without contact.
Then on Thursday, the squad was able to work together for the first time with authorized tackling before a new provisional restart date for Wednesday was decided by Premier League owners,
17th June season to ensure all safety conditions are in place.
And Almirón, speaking to nufc.co.uk this week, explained that he feels very good. It’s been a little difficult for him to be in quarantine but now he feels fit. Almirón is very happy to be back in training and seeing his teammates again.
Almirón’s pace and strength is a big part of his game, and the 26-year-old focused on an individually tailored plan during the first lockdown stage set by the club, using gym equipment and a treadmill at home-but he knows only too well that nothing can mimic a top-flight footballer ‘s full contact training session.
“I ‘d been practicing at home just like all the other lads. The club gave us all the individual exercises that we had to do every day, but it’s just not the same, doing it on the running machine, because it’s running out on the field with a ball at your feet alongside your teammates. That’s what you always missed,” he said.
Covid-19 sadly means matches will have to be played behind closed doors.