After medical tests and the resumption of collective training, the Red and Whites will play their first friendly match of the preseason against Cercle Brugge on Friday. The match will be a good indicator of the progress of Robert Moreno’s players, 25 days after returning to training at La Turbie.
“Very satisfactory” physical and medical tests
Faced with restrictions linked to the health crisis, the Red and Whites had reunited on June 22 for a return to training carried out in several stages. It was an unusual preseason for the time being, and one which was done in compliance with very strict health protocols.
The players were thus subjected to “antibody screening tests and PCR, aiming to detect the presence of COVID-19”, before individually submitting to the traditional pre-season physical and medical tests. The latter took place at La Turbie, as well as in specialist centers in the Principality and Beausoleil. For these tests, the results were deemed “very satisfactory” by AS Monaco’s staff.
🔛 Les tests 🏋️♂️ continuent au CE de la Turbie pour les 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/FaKOUvkN2T
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) June 24, 2020
A first test against Cercle
A week later, Monday June 29, the group finally got back onto the pitch at La Turbie, working in small groups, with the ball. This return was a breath of fresh air for Wissam Ben Yedder’s teammates, who had been waiting for this moment for more than three months. Three days later, it was under a thick fog that the Red and Whites took part in their first session of collective training.
Since then, training has intensified under the direction of Robert Moreno, who was able to detail at a press conference his vision of pre-season work, divided into five phases, with the team’s primary focus being this friendly match in Bruges, against Cercle Brugge this Friday.
On this occasion, AS Monaco will face, for the third year in a row, a side which competes in Belgium’s top flight, Jupiler League.
— Cercle Brugge (@cercleofficial) July 13, 2020