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Hodgson's claims are not correct says doctor.

ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson's claim there is little evidence to support a two-day recovery programme is incorrect, according to a sports science expert.

While the rights and wrongs of the handling of Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling by the national side continue to be debated, the Reds have defended their training regime.

Liverpool give pacy players like Sterling and Daniel Sturridge - who has not played since straining his thigh in training with England over a month ago - lower intensity sessions in the two days after games.

But Dr Craig Twist, an academic at the University of Chester, said: "I can cite evidence from a Portuguese group. I have seen data on football players of professional standard who have shown fairly prolonged - 72 hours, maybe longer - periods of fatigue so where he said there is no evidence I think there is evidence out there.

"You could also argue there is evidence out there, albeit tentative, that the movements you do, the speed you work, the time you play, will have an influence on your recovery in the days afterwards.

"On average you could say (after) about 48 hours they would show signs of recovery in certain markers but it depends what you term as fatigue.

"There is not a definitive answer but there is evidence out there."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Oct 16, 2014
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