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Plymouth Argyle players given individual training plans due to the coronavirus

Plymouth Argyle’s players will not be training at Harper’s Park as usual next week after the EFL suspended the season due to the coronavirus.

There will be no games until Saturday, April 4 at the earliest, but no-one can be sure when action will resume.

In the meantime, Pilgrims’ boss Ryan Lowe has given his players individual training plans for them to follow while they are away from Harper’s Park next week.

The Argyle squad had left yesterday morning for their scheduled away game against Morecambe today.

They had travelled as far as Gloucester Services on the M5 when word came through of the football shutdown.

Argyle chief executive Andrew Parkinson told Plymouth Live: “Ryan is obviously focused on the team and they are off for a week.

“The players will be away for the week. They have got their own personal training plans.”

Some of the Argyle squad will be away from Plymouth, with their families in other parts of the country, while others will remain in the city.

The promotion-chasing Pilgrims are third in League Two with nine games remaining in their season.

Their next four matches have been postponed due to the football shutdown, starting with the planned visit to Morecambe today.

The others are the game away to Leyton Orient on Tuesday, the Devon Derby against Exeter City on March 23 and the fixture at Grimsby Town on March 28.

As it stands, the season could resume on April 4 when Argyle are scheduled to be at home to Forest Green Rovers.

But given the fast-paced developments over the spread of coronavirus in recent days, and the cancellation of sporting events around the world, it is impossible to predict what will happen.

Argyle’s owner and chairman Simon Hallett is based on the east coast of the United States.

All of America’s main sporting events have been called off, such as the NBA basketball season and The Masters golf tournament.

Hallett has been closely following events at Argyle over recent days despite being on the other side of the Atlantic.

Parkinson said: “I’m in constant dialogue with Simon. As you would expect, the statements that we have made are joined up.

“He’s working on a different time zone to us but that hasn’t stopped any dialogue that we have had at all.”