Portsmouth striker reveals his wheelie big error in bid to maintain fitness levels

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ELLIS HARRISON revealed he tried to purchase a bike at the start of the football shutdown to keep his fitness levels up – but found Halfords was closed!

The affable Pompey striker has instead been finding fields to run on to keep himself ticking over while the season is suspended.

The Blues haven’t had a game for more than four weeks because of the coronavirus crisis.

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And with EFL chief executive Rick Parry writing to clubs telling them not to start training until May 16, Kenny Jackett’s players will have to continue their home fitness regimes for the next month.

Having suffered back problems at Ipswich last term, Harrison has been trying to give road running a swerve.

Cycling was an option he considered – until he remembered there was no way of getting a bike.

The Welshman said: ‘We’ve been sent fitness plans over by the phone and a lot of lads are doing them.

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‘There are some for in the house if you can't leave that day, but I haven't really done gym all season.

Ellis Harrison. Picture: Habibur RahmanEllis Harrison. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Ellis Harrison. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘I'll do my bits and bobs but I haven't battered the gym, so I'll pick things from the list. I’ll do my own runs because if I do someone else's run then it always seems a lot harder than when you just plod for 50 minutes on your own.

‘Some days I'll do plods, others I'll do hill sprints. I even went to Halfords to try to buy a bike (before the country was on lockdown) but it was closed!

‘It takes a bit of pressure off your legs if you are doing road running. Because I was out last season with a bad back, it can start seizing up and I don't really like it, so I’ll find a field to just run.

‘You play on the grass so I just like staying on it.’

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