“But I think with all of these sacrifices – and I am uncomfortable using that word in such a context – everyone will be more than happy to go along with what it takes in order to get playing again as soon as possible in order to get the season finished.
“It will be a very joyous occasion at Beckenham when we get to train again together as a group and prepare for the remaining matches, and I’m 100% sure that our fans will be very happy to see Crystal Palace play again, especially at Selhurst Park.
“During this period, each of the players have been given personalised programmes, and are doing a lot of work to keep their fitness up. We are in constant touch with the players, as am I with my coaching staff – Scott, Ray, Dean and Dave. Each player reports in to a sports scientist with updates, and we watch their videos and get their feedback. They are doing their utmost to stay physically fit. But it’s not football fit, when there’s a ball involved and you’re playing with people and against people.
“I’ve spoken to every player and will continue to do so – even if I don’t have anything specific to say to them, other than general encouragement and sharing my hope that they and their family are keeping safe and well during this period.”