Pedro Obiang gave the club’s fans a boost by saying he will be ready for the start of the season
“I am ready. I worked a little bit before I arrived at Rush Green and came back one week early to work with some guys inside [the training ground], and they helped me to be ready to start with the boys on the first day.
“I trained with the team at the end of last week to know if I was ready, then we will go to Austria to continue our training.”
The Spaniard also admitted that he was happy to start pre-season training on the same day as all his teammates
“It is important for my confidence and also because I am starting on the same day as all my teammates,
“You can lose one or two days, of course, because sometimes it’s better to wait, but in this case we worked hard and I’m ready.
“I think I have time [to be ready for the start of the Premier League season] because we are still in July and we have one month to work together.
“I am starting to feel confident in my ankle, so I think in August I will be ready to be at the same level [as I was before the injury].”
Reece Burke has said he is happy to be with the squad for the training camp in Austria after a loan move was put on hold
“I’m buzzing to be here. I was going to go on loan, but that has been put on hold as the manager has told me he wants me to do pre-season here with the first team, so it’s a good opportunity for me to get back in with the lads, as I’ve been away for a while now.
“I spoke with the gaffer and he wants me to stay here, so it’s a good opportunity for me to work hard and show him what I’ve got, because obviously I haven’t seen him for a while.
“I need to stay fit and have a good pre-season here, that’s my target.”
Gary Lewin, new head of medical services at the club, explained why the training camp in Austria will benefit the squad
“It’s such a great environment, The facilities and hotels are always very good, the pitches are a good standard but, more importantly, you can isolate the team, so that you can purely focus on pre-season and football.
“It also means that we can take our injured players with us – we are not isolating them from the main squad and, although they will be integrated back into training at different times, they will essentially have been a part of the same programme.”