Spartak’s second day on pre-season tour in Turkey featured two intensive training sessions. The morning session lasted two hours, the evening one was somewhat shorter. Both sessions were preceded by theory.
Aleksandr Selikhov missed the evening session due to back pains. Pedro Rocha was restricted to running owing to an ankle knock sustained the day before.
Samuel Gigot trained with a physio on the pitch, while Andrey Eschenko worked with a physiotherapist.
Dmitri Kombarov and Mikhail Ignatov joined the main group though, having worked individually during the first day with the physio.
Fernando and Salvatore Bocchetti were able to train with virtually no restrictions. Our Italian defender also took time to talk to our press office after the session.
— It’s good to have you back, Salva! How do you feel after your first day back in training?
— I’m glad to finally be back. I hope to be involved in the upcoming matches. I won’t be able to play the full 90 for now, but I have to start somewhere. It wasn’t easy today too, but pre-season is for hard work after all.
— You watched Spartak play in Qatar from the sidelines. How would you assess your teammates’ work?
— It’s always nice to win matches. Especially where our opponents from the Premier League are involved. Let’s just say we are used to winning (smiles).
— Ilya Kutepov won’t be able to play against Krasnodar in the first official match owing to his ban. It’s likely you’ll have to start the game. Are you ready to do it from the first game?
— Let’s see what the coach decides, there’s still plenty of time until March. But I can guarantee I’ll train at 100% to be fully fit as soon as possible.