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'Players Have To Remain Professional Because Anything Can Happen At The Moment'

28 December 2021

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell believes that the growing Covid cases in society and ultimately football, has only increased the need for players to be ultra-professional because they may be needed at the 11th hour.

Crewe travel to Morecambe on Wednesday evening as we aim to get our season back on track after games against Wigan and Gillingham were forced off due to high levels of cases in the opposition camp.

Artell told the club’s official website: “The increasing Covid cases within society and football is just another reason why players have to remain professional.

“They never know when they might be needed and they have to be ready because things can change very quickly. It has happened to us over the last two games and that wasn’t Covid related. We lost our two forwards through injury and illness at almost the last minute and had to change things.

“That means we all have to be professional and minimise the risk as much as possible. The players and staff are doing that. We have to plan and prepare for any eventuality and if you do that, then you are less likely to be taken by surprise.

“You can only prepare as well as you can and make sure the players are ready and then when it comes to the testing on the day of the game, you keep your fingers crossed.

He added: “We have just carried on as normal as we possibly can and hopefully we can get back to playing some football again.”

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