Di Canio wants Sunderland squad fitter

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio has warned his players of a tough fitness regime ahead. He has hinted at what his Black Cats players can expect while continuing to lay down the law.

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio has warned his players of a tough fitness regime ahead.

He has hinted at what his Black Cats players can expect while continuing to lay down the law.

Di Canio said: “When they come back they’re going to work three times a day, so it would be crazy to have put too much weight on in a short space of time.

“How can it be possible to come back with 7kg extra? They have one month off and then one month to work at a high intensity level and if they do not do that right, then in September, they’ll still be heavy.

“You can’t work if you’ve put 7kg on your shoulders.

“When I played, I came back with a player who was 10 or 11kg over and he didn’t play all season because he had injury problems. I can imagine 2kg, because you can run, swim and play tennis as well as having a bit of food or drink — so you can keep a handle on the situation.

“You can accept 2kg because after a few days back sweating in five-a-sides that will soon go.

“But 5 or 6kg? That is not acceptable. We have to be serious about what we want to do.”

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