Oxford United avoided the midday sun today with an early morning training session ahead of Tuesday night’s friendly against West Bromwich Albion at the Kassam Stadium.
With red weather warnings issued and temperatures rising, the U’s adjusted their plans accordingly, as Boss Karl Robinson told us:
“Like the rest of the country, we just wanted to be sensible and make sure we did the right things,” he said.
“The players were given detailed instructions on hydration and dealing with the heat and then we moved training forward to avoid the worst of the sun. The players were at the Training Ground for half past eight this morning and we trained earlier than usual just to avoid the worst of the conditions. The pitches are fine, we took all the necessary precautions, stayed hydrated, and training was really good.
“Tomorrow’s game isn’t in any doubt, in fact someone said rain is forecast just before kick off, which I’m sure the players and the fans coming along wouldn’t mind too much. It’s another good test for us. West Brom are a very good side and obviously it’s for a very good cause, so we hope fans will come along and enjoy our last home friendly of the summer.”