Adkins backs fitness regime
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the manager revealed that Royston Drenthe put in an incredible shift at the Reebok last weekend - covering over eleven kilometres.
"Royston Drenthe got 11,000 meters under his belt in the game against Bolton, which is phenomenal, nobody would have thought he’d get anywhere near that when we first started in pre-season. He’s had to work hard. And great credit to him, he's trained every day and applied himself - it's down him.”
The boss also gave a further update on the return of Mikele Leigertwood, who is recuperating well after an ankle operation this summer.
"Mikele is not back in with the full group yet, but he’s been running this week which is really pleasing. There doesn’t appear to be any issues with that now, he’s been running and kicking a ball with our superb medical staff. All being well he’ll be back on the training ground with the players in the not too distant future. It's about progressing as safely and quickly as possible to get back into the fold.
For an update on Jimmy Kebe's progress click here.