Notts County manager Neal Ardley has said the staff’s only concern about player training during the current season shutdown is that they are doing too much.

Ardley confirmed the players’ return to team training has now been suspended for the foreseeable future. Speaking to supporters via the club’s website, he added: “With regards to the lads, our main concern isn’t whether they’re doing enough work – but whether they’re doing too much.

“This is an incredibly competitive and committed squad who will be going stir crazy without training and matches, so we’ve warned them to stay disciplined and to not veer away from the guidelines set by our strength and conditioning coach, Erik Svendsen. As the lads’ professional and personal routines have been turned upside down, we’ve also emphasised the importance of diet.

“We fully expect them to come back in good shape so we can get an effective mini ‘pre-season’ into them before we hopefully get going again. We think around four weeks will be enough to get them ready and I’d hope that the authorities would factor this period in should they make the very welcome decision of resuming the campaign.”

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