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Palace players put through their paces

3 Jul 2017
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

Watch Wilfried Zaha and the rest of the Crystal Palace squad as they return to training after the summer break

Long runs and gruelling tests. The first day of pre-season is often seen as a day to dread for Premier League footballers.

But have you ever wondered exactly what players have to do when they return from their relaxing summer breaks?

Crystal Palace lifted the lid on what some of their players had to endure on their first day back.

Watch Jason Puncheon's first day in pre-season 

"They'll start with some baseline tests that they'll do every day through training, so we can assess their readiness to train," says Ed Reynolds, physiotherapist at Crystal Palace.

"Then they'll go in and see our cardiologist, who will do a routine check of the heart to make sure they're prepared to go and train and play to their maximum." 

Yohan Cabaye, Crystal Palace
Eagles midfielder Yohan Cabaye undergoes some first-day fitness tests

Not to mention a concussion test and other baseline exercises, this is all before a ball is even kicked. And the hard work has not even started.

Palace will be putting their pre-season preparations to the test when they take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy, in Hong Kong, on 19 and 22 July.

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