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Osman Ready For Pre-Season

The first-team squad prepare to report back next week.

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Leon Osman says he is refreshed and ready to get to grips with another gruelling pre-season – even though he admits it is one of his least enjoyable times of the year.

The Blues first-team squad are due to reconvene at Finch Farm in the latter part of next week before heading away on a training camp to Austria.

Osman, however, has been keen to give himself a head start and was back at the Halewood complex earlier this week to work with the Club’s fitness coaches.

“I don’t think you ever look forward to coming back for pre-season,” the midfielder told evertontv. “You might miss football but you just want the season to get up and running.

“Pre-season is a difficult time but it’s important to get through, to get your body through the five or six weeks and condition yourself for what’s ahead.”

Osman featured in all 38 Premier League games last season and rewarded himself with a hard-earned summer break.

The close-season, though, has not been all about rest for the 33-year-old.

“You have to spend the first couple of weeks [of summer] not doing much,” added Osman. “You have to let the body calm down, relax and rejuvenate. After that you start to tick over gradually.

“We’ve probably had a longer summer than in previous years, so it’s important you don’t let stiffness build up and you keep ticking over. Now you get close [to a return to training] you have got to start stepping it up.”

Osman worked under Everton’s previous manager David Moyes for 11 years before Roberto Martinez took up the reins last June.

The midfielder enjoyed the fresh approach that Martinez brought last pre-season, though he admits he doesn’t know what to expect this time around.

“Who is to say [the manager] won’t change it all this year?” Osman continued.

“David Moyes, having worked with him for so long, I could guess what was going to come next and the direction pre-season was going in. But having only done one [pre-season] under Mr Martinez, he may change things this year and throw me off guard.”

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