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Cold conditions hinder Cambridge United's plans

Cambridge United's frozen training pitches at Clare College sports ground. (6909212)
Cambridge United's frozen training pitches at Clare College sports ground. (6909212)

Cambridge United’s preparations for their trip to Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday have been hit by the weather.

Their Clare College Sports Ground training base has affected by the icy conditions, but it may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Colin Calderwood.

It has been a fragmented week in terms of training, with the group on 4G on Tuesday which ruled out a number of the squad who are uncomfortable on the surface.

It was looking similarly tricky to get out on Thursday, and while the head coach admits they were not quite ready for the weekend yet, Calderwood said: “If I remember my own career, there were plenty of times when we went a fortnight or three weeks without seeing any grass, but you just need to get some physical work in.

“In some ways, we had the two days from Exeter off so in some ways this was always going to be a refreshing week for the players to bring them down a little bit and to really loosen them a bit and be full tilt for Saturday.

“There is an ebb and flow in training which I think is important.

“We miss out a bit on our preparation, and the ideal preparation just hasn’t happened but we will have to do it in a different way.

“We will have to be bright and use the video a little bit, but make sure they get outside, get some fresh air and that they have not been stuck on the Xbox all week.”

After the 1-0 defeat at Exeter, Calderwood feels that a low-key week may be just what the doctor ordered in terms of keeping fresh for the trip to Whaddon Road on Saturday.

“Maybe one of the first weeks we trained, we probably trained too long because I wanted to get so much into them,” he said.

“We’ve got to be able to cope, be durable, hardy and last games and training sessions.

“We have to always build on keeping the fitness at a level, but this week might become the week that just takes everyone down a little bit, keeps them fresh in their mind and we keep them bright, keep them happy and very hopeful.

“It’s an appetising game and when we turn up Saturday, we don’t want any soreness or muscle fatigue from what we’ve done in gyms or on astroturf.

“The boys will be ready to go and we have to have a 90-minute stint that gets us something at the end of the game.”

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