Anichebe plans fitness drive

first_imgVictor Anichebe has revealed he will put himself through a personal boot camp to revive his season. The West Brom striker is ready for a fitness drive during the international break after his injury struggles. He had a hernia operation in September and made his first Barclays Premier League start since August in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle. Anichebe has scored once in eight appearances this term and is desperate to prove his worth at The Hawthorns. “For me it’s very difficult,” said the 26-year-old. “I had niggling injuries here and there and I have just come back from hernia surgery and I had some complications. That’s not an excuse or anything, it’s just normal. “I feel a lot better and hopefully, given the break we’ve got, I can go away, get myself right and come back and help the team.” Press Association The Baggies next go to Chelsea on November 22 and Anichebe is planning to return fighting fit. He said: “For me, over the international break, I need to go away, come back and be as fit as possible. I don’t feel as sharp and fit as I was at the start of the season but that will come. “I came back about a month or six weeks ago from hernia surgery, something which reoccurred after I did it a couple of years ago. “I need to go away, come back and take care of my own body and be fitter than I have been recently. “I have the medical team here, they have helped me a lot and I have guys in America I have worked with a lot. Between the two we have come up with a fitness regime which will help me to get to where I should be. “I will go away and I will do parts to try to get myself ready but I’ll also be with the team. We just need to come back after the international break and be ready for the difficult fixtures ahead of us.” The former Everton starlet has only netted four goals for Albion since his £6million move from the Toffees in September last year. He has also made just 16 starts for the Baggies in over 12-months after struggling with a series of minor injuries. last_img read more

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri admits ‘it’s difficult to say’ when England star was last fully fit

first_img1 Jamie Vardy Claudio Ranieri insisted Jamie Vardy will be ready for Euro 2016 – despite not knowing when the Leicester striker was last fully fit.The boss has revealed England forward Vardy had not trained for the last month as he battled a groin injury – which eventually needed surgery earlier in January.He has also played with an ankle injury and broken wrist this season but is the Barclays Premier League’s 15-goal joint top scorer.Vardy returned to play after 71 minutes of Leicester’s 1-0 win at Tottenham on Wednesday and Ranieri expects him to be fine for England’s European Championship campaign in the summer.He said: “He should be fit when he arrives there, slowly he will get better.“That doesn’t mean getting better means he will score more goals but he will feel better.“It difficult to say [when he was last fit], it’s important he continues to play. If he doesn’t train very well it’s important he keeps going to play. The match is like a training session for him.“Jamie will start to make training sessions with us, he’s getting better. It’s important, it’ll [be] ‘yes or no’ as to how I manage him.“It’ll depend on the match and if I see he’s a little tired. I prefer to manage him during the training session. The important players must play every time and get some rest during the week.”England face Russia, Wales and Slovakia in France with Vardy having forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad last year.He is expected to face Aston Villa when the Foxes go to the basement boys on Saturday with Jeff Schlupp still out with a hamstring injury. Leicester are second, behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference following Robert Huth’s winner at White Hart Lane, and Ranieri knows he must protect all of his squad from fatigue.He added: “In this moment it’s much better to recover than the training sessions. It will be the problem of the teams who stay in the Champions League. In June it will be the national teams’ problems.”last_img read more