Warne back up to speed thanks to pedal power
Yeovil Town forward Paul Warne has revealed how cycling played a key role in his return to full fitness.
The former Rotherham and Oldham forward missed the end of last season with a broken foot.
Warne had hoped to resume running in early May but a complication meant he could not put any weight on his foot for almost another month.
However, rather than continue to sit around in frustration, the Yeovil physio staff put together an alternative fitness regime for the 35-year-old attacker.
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“I had to keep my foot in a weight-bearing thing until June,” said Warne.
“I was hoping to have it taken off in early May but it took until the second week in June so I wasn't able to do much running until two weeks before we came back.
“But Jim (Joyce, physio) and Lee (Southernwood, fitness coach) gave me a programme with a lot of swimming and cycling and I feel OK.”
Warne is now referred to as 'Lance Armstrong' by some of his team-mates.
And although he is not about to enter the Tour de France, he did cycle the three miles from his home to the club for the first week of pre-season training.
“My dad did an MOT on my old bike which I had when I was 17,” explained Warne.
“I thought it would have cost me about £30 and it ended up costing me £125.
“I could have bought a new bike for that!
“The first week of pre-season I cycled in but I haven't done that since because we have been doing morning and afternoon sessions.
“The foot has been OK. I have only had a couple of days of pain from it when we did running and I had to run on a bend.
“I trained a bit harder than most in the off-season so I have come back in reasonable shape and I feel OK.”
Warne insists fitness is of paramount importance this season as the League One club look set to operate with no more than a 19-man first-team squad.
“Touch wood, we have been reasonably injury-free and that is important when we have such a small squad,” he said.
“All the lads have put their shift in during pre-season.
“If you can't play in your position, you have to push other people to get in their positions.”