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Basham on the impact of Covid-19

25 March 2020

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With the players currently joining the rest of the country on lockdown at home in a bid to stop Covid-19 spreading, Chris Basham has spoken to members of the local media via a Skype call.

The experienced defender spoke honestly and openly on a number of topics relating to how the virus, which has caused the suspension of Premier League action until the end of April, has affected usual activities in and around the game, in addition to the importance of following Government guidelines.

Basham remarked: "We went home on Friday to self-isolate and do what the world needs us to do.

"We got a bike and heart rate belt delivered on Monday and through an app we can send what we're doing. We're basically being family men, being dads and keeping our fitness up as much as possible.

"The club organised for the bikes to be sent to our houses and some weights too, so we can keep up with our programmes that have been set by the fitness staff.

"We've got apps that monitor our heart rate, so there's no hiding places for the boys. We've had to post our sessions that we're doing, I've had the wife and kids videoing me doing mine!"

The 31-year-old added: "It hasn't really hit home for me yet because we trained until last Friday, as nobody in and around the club had shown any symptoms of the virus.

"We can't go out and about and kick a ball around, but we just have to try to stay fit. When we go back, hopefully we can have a couple of weeks with the ball and get back playing again, which everyone can't wait to do.

"That's the most important thing though is footballers like Harry Maguire posting 'stay at home' because we need to help out the NHS as much possible and we want to stay at home to help, so we can go out and entertain again eventually.

"The more people who don't stay at home, the longer it is going to take and that's why footballers and clubs are telling people to stay at home, it really is going to make a difference."

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