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John Hart­ley, As­ton Villa’s in­jury pre­ven­tion spe­cial­ist, gives his ex­pert ver­dict on play­ers’ In­sta­gram pho­tos

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1 Axel Tuanzebe @manch­esterunited “An as­sisted squat forms part of his pre-ac­ti­va­tion train­ing work,” says Hart­ley. “They un­der­pin fun­da­men­tal move­ments like jump­ing and land­ing.”

2 Pres­nel Kim­pembe @psg “The ball will desta­bilise him while do­ing weights and aid his abil­ity to hold off play­ers and re­tain pos­ses­sion.”

3 Olivier Giroud @arsenal “Run­ning drills with a bungee cord en­hance speed. Triple ex­ten­sion of the hip, knee and an­kle strength­ens the stand­ing leg’s quads, glutes and calf.”

4 Danilo @mancity “This glute ac­ti­va­tion ex­er­cise will add sta­bil­ity and strength around the hip and knee area to lower the risk of in­jury and boost sprint per­for­mance.”

5 David Luiz @chelseafc “Ex­er­cises like this one can help with over­all hip mo­bil­ity and re­duce the lev­els of stiff­ness in mus­cles and joints.”

6 Franck Ribery @fcbay­ern “Up­per body power is cru­cial to­day. A wide arm pull-up will work on the trapez­ius and latis­simus dorsi mus­cles.”

7 Mar­cus Rash­ford @jamie_ve­loc­ity “Us­ing TRX ca­bles to do a Bul­gar­ian split squat raises the train­ing load on the front leg, im­proves trunk sta­bil­ity and fires up the quads and glutes, too.”

8 Rolando Aarons @back­2ac­tion “This step-up is part of his re­hab from an ACL re­con­struc­tion. It is great for work­ing on quad strength and sin­gle-leg so­lid­ity through his hip, knee and an­kle.”

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