Phoenix bank on rest for recovery

Monday, 1st January 2007

Manchester Phoenix are banking on a week of rest to help their ailing players get over the Yuletide sickness woes they picked up.

Forwards Robin Gomez and Joe Miller both took no part in the New Years Eve victory over the Newcastle Vipers and player coach Tony Hand reported himself to be, “drained of energy” following the game.

Gomez is recovering after missing both holiday period games against Newcastle and admitted to still being, “a little light-headed and woozy. I’m getting some headaches too so will take it easy for the next day or so before trying to get back into the gym.”

Miller dressed for the New Years Eve game but felt uncomfortable in the warm-up period and after consulting team medical staff, it was decided that he sit out the game. The young Welshman said, “I hate not playing and the team being short-handed, but I didn’t feel good in warm-up. I’m doing what the medical staff say and hopefully, this week will see me back to normal.”

Player/coach Tony Hand commented on himself saying, “I wasn’t 100% going into the game and felt tired throughout, drained of energy and playing on instinct almost at times. I just hope we can use this week to rest a bit more and get whatever it is out of our systems. We won’t train till later in the week and so everyone gets a few days to rest and prepare.”

Phoenix travel to Nottingham on Saturday Jan 6th to play the Panthers before a Sunday ‘home’ date in Ice Sheffield on Jan 7th against the Sheffield Steelers.