Jack Cork says the Burnley players are stepping up their workloads as they wait on a date to return to training. Cork hopes that will be sooner rather than later, and is confident the increased workload will help the squad quickly get back in to their routine. The Premier League will meet this week to discuss the possibility of a return in June, something Cork would welcome.
Jack Cork said“It was a little bit vague at first because we weren’t sure when we were coming back. Everyone was doing a bit on the bike and things but now we’ve been sent GPS units and given certain programmes to do. We’re getting the numbers up in the hope that we will be back sooner rather than later. We’re about five sessions into our proper plan now. The harder sessions tend to be about seven or eight kilometres and the lighter ones about five to six. We had three sessions last week and we are going to do four this week so we will be doing a bit harder work. I’ve been going down to the local rugby pitch down the road to do a little bit of work on the side of it. I’m hoping I don’t get caught, otherwise that would be embarrassing getting dragged off the rugby pitch. It took me a little bit of time getting used to not having the routines of football and not having something to get ready for. For weeks I’d be waking up in the mornings thinking I had to travel into work, and it was strange getting my head around it. I’m looking forward to getting back. I’ve missed playing in front of fans, week-in, week-out, which I know may not happen straight away. It will be nice to get back, but hopefully we’ll be getting back when it is the right time to do so.”
Cork is eager to return to the familiarity of the Barnfield Training Centre, where there’s little likelihood of him facing the same fears as while training at home. Burnley were in a good run of form before the break, unbeaten in seven league matches, but haven’t now played since March 7. And for the 30-year-old, in to his 15th season of professional football, that’s taken some adjusting to.