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Pre-season preparations going well, says Mowbray

The boss is pleased with what he's seen out in Austria so far

29 June 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says he's pleased with how pre-season preparations are progressing out in Austria, with a first friendly game to come next weekend.

The players have been put to the test with a series of drills this week in advance of the trip to Hibernian on Sunday 8th July, with Mowbray keeping close watch.

Speaking during day three of the training camp, the manager says he's pleased with what he's seen during the trip so far.

“Normally we’d do all of our testing back at the training ground, but we’ve done it here, so they spent the first day with the sports science guys," he said.

"The players were graded in terms of where they are with their physicality and strength, and the second day was the first day of running and football in the afternoon.

"The third day was very similar, some physical work and some work with the ball in the afternoon; we’re just building it up really.

"We’d usually be in Austria during the second week of pre-season but this is earlier so we have to resist the temptation to work them too hard.

"You don’t want to get too many injuries; you’re always going to get some niggles and slight strains but it’s generally fine.

"The weather’s been good, not too hot, the facilities are nice and the hotel is good. I’m happy enough; it’s just good to see them back, to be honest."

Charlie Mulgrew, Derrick Williams, Darragh Lenihan and Corry Evans have all been involved in international games this summer and therefore haven't travelled.

“The four who played in internationals, some are still out of the country and others are back at the STC doing some light stuff," Mowbray added.

"It was really about giving them some time with their families, it’s important to me that they have that time.

"Ideally, they’ll be at a similar level next week to the rest of the lads and go straight into playing football rather than having to play catch-up.

"They’re all really good, fit and athletic players. We’ll assess next Monday afternoon back at the STC, but my hope is that they’ve done enough this week to fit back in with the team."

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