Everton’s Keane says players can be ready in a fortnight

first_img Loading… Read Also: Federer donates $1m to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisisKeane, along with fellow players, manager Carlo Ancelotti and chairman Bill Kenwright, has also been speaking to isolated fans as part of the Liverpool club’s Blue Family campaign.“We’re helping out in the community, which is brilliant,” said Keane, who spoke on the phone to 78-year-old Everton supporter Rod.“It was great to hear the happiness in the voice when I gave him a call. He said it made his day, and it made mine as well.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The coronavirus pandemic has seen professional football in England suspended until at least April 30.Premier League clubs are due to meet on April 3 to discuss what the English top flight does next.“All the lads have been sent individual training programmes to carry out at home,” Keane told Talksport radio.“It’s not easy because you’ve not got the normal equipment, you’ve just got to improvise and do what you can.“The Premier League could start again in a month, it could be longer.“So we’ve just got to keep that base level of fitness. As long as we get a couple of weeks’ proper training before the next game – and the lads have worked hard in the meantime – we’ll be fine.”The centre-back said Everton’s backroom staff were monitoring the players’ progress.“We log on with the sessions we’ve done, and they keep an eye on what we’re doing and gauge our fitness from that,” he added. Everton and England defender Michael Keane said on Wednesday that players will be able to return to Premier League action after only a “couple of weeks’ proper training”.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Boys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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Los Angeles Lakers struggle without Kobe Bryant in 113-93 loss to Chicago Bulls

first_imgThat partly explained why Bryant has averaged 24.6 points per game (third in the NBA), albeit on a career-low 37.2 percent clip. None of his teammates consistently produced enough to leave Bryant with open shots or entice him enough to pass. “Ball movement is great when guys are making shots,” Bryant said. “You don’t hit shots, I try to take the load myself and we have a lot of standing around. In games they hit shots, I sit back and let them hit shots.” The Lakers may have to wait some before Bryant can bail them out of a poor performance. Bryant said it’s “slim” he will play in Friday’s game in Dallas, though he will still travel with the team to continue receiving treatment. That included spending 90 minutes with Lakers physical therapist Judy Seto during the team’s morning shootaround on Thursday.Scott admitted he felt “surprised” that Bryant would not feel good enough to play against the Bulls. Scott said in definitive terms following the Lakers’ win on Tuesday over Golden State that Bryant would play against Chicago. But Scott decided otherwise after Bryant continuously reported feeling sore. “I didn’t get any resistance from Kobe,” Scott said. “He told me, which I thought was great, that he’s going to let me decide and he’ll tell me how he feels.”Bryant’s absence in Chicago also seemed unexpected considering the game represented one of the NBA’s marquee Christmas Day matchups. “I feel an obligation to play if I’m at the YMCA,” Bryant said. “It’s important just from a fan perspective to be able to see the top players.”Yet, Bryant said he had to approach his return without those concerns in mind. “It’s really going against my nature,” Bryant said. “But I have to be smart about this.”Scott has tried taking a conservative approach with Bryant following Sunday’s loss in Sacramento, where he had 25 points on 8-of-30 shooting and nine turnovers. In the previous five games, Bryant had averaged 20.3 points on only 28.3 percent shooting.“I think it’s one of those slow processes,” Scott said. “He’s put his body through a lot. I don’t think any of us will try to rush him back. We’ll go by what he says and then go from there.” CHICAGO >> The lure of playing in yet another nationally televised Christmas Day NBA game enticed Kobe Bryant. So did Bryant’s well-awaited reunion against Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the pair that once won two NBA championships together suddenly becoming opponents. But those two elements hardly matched Bryant’s concern over what he called “old age.” The 36-year-old Bryant missed his second consecutive game in the Lakers’ 113-93 loss on Thursday to the Chicago Bulls at United Center after reporting soreness in his knees, both Achilles tendons and metatarsals as well as back tightness.“I just need to kind of hit the reset button,” said Bryant, who watched the game from the bench wearing a crimson-colored coat. “What happens is my body realizes how messed up it is. Then everything starts hurting. It’s an opportunity to treat everything.” Meanwhile, the Lakers provided more than enough evidence to refute an inaccurate statement after pulling a surprising win over Golden State, the Western Conference’s best team. The Lakers (9-20) are not better without Bryant. “Those people are idiots,” Scott said. “He’s one of the best to ever play the game. You take him off the team and there’s going to be nights you struggle.”The Lakers struggled plenty against the Bulls (20-9). The Lakers were outrebounded, 57-39, while Gasol (23 points) and Joakim Noah (21 points) easily offset production from Jordan Hill (16 points) and Ed Davis (13 points).After supposedly benefitting from Bryant’s absence thanks to more ball movement and more shots, Nick Young and Jeremy Lin combined for nine points on a 3-of-14 clip. The Lakers shot 39.1 percent overall.“Teams seem to focus more on me, and it showed tonight that they wouldn’t leave me,” Young said. “We can joke around and all that. But we’re always going to need Kobe out there.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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