Sheffield Wednesday: Liam Palmer on course for pre-season return

Liam Palmer
Liam Palmer

He may not yet know the identity of the head coach he will be meeting but Liam Palmer is determined to be fit to return to pre-season training on July 1.

The Sheffield Wednesday squad will report back in a fortnight and Palmer is confident he will be working with them, rather than being with the medical staff.

Palmer suffered an ankle injury during the draw with Fulham in March and missed the remainder of the season.

And while plenty of other footballers have spent much of their time since the end of the season with their feet up on the settee or sun lounger, Palmer has been hard at work rehabilitating his injured ankle.

But he expects it to pay off with the green light to take part in full training at the start of next month.

“I should be fine for July 1,” the 23-year-old told the Star.

“It’s holding up really well so there shouldn’t be any more issues with it.

“I’ve been working hard down at Middlewood Road and it’s paid off.

“I still managed to get away with the family to Morocco and Dubai around it all but I had to make sure there was a gym in the hotels we’ve stayed at.

“All the lads get a fitness programme for the summer – mine has just been a bit more intensive.”

Palmer puts much of his fitness down to an impressive piece of kit he has been using while working on an exercise bike.

Followers of the right back on Twitter will likely have seen pictures of him wearing a mask while in the gym.

He explains: “It reduces the amount of oxygen you’re taking in to make you’re body work harder when you’re training.

“It’s like training at altitude where oxygen levels are low.

“It’s difficult but it seems to have done the trick.”

Palmer admits that if he was going to have a spell on the sidelines, his came at the right time of the season.

He said: “You don’t want to ever get injured but the timing of this one wasn’t entirely bad.

“I’d just come back into the side after a couple of games out but at that time we’d fallen away from the play-offs and there wasn’t much chance of us going down so it wasn’t the worst time to be out.

“You don’t want to be sat out when there really is something to play for so if it was going to happen, it was best it happened then.”

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