Hop­kin gives play­ers time off

West Lothian Courier - - Sports -

With no fix­ture next week­end due to their league fix­ture against St Mir­ren be­ing post­poned, Livi boss David Hop­kin has re­warded his play­ers with time off be­fore pre­par­ing for their Scot­tish Cup clash with Ju­nior out­fit Gle­nafton Ath­letic.

The match with the Bud­dies was called off af­ter the Pais­ley side had three play­ers called up for na­tional team duty.

Hop­kin said:“I’ve given the play­ers a few days off and we’ll all come back re­freshed on Thurs­day and ready to go again.

“We did the same last time we had a week off and it’s im­por­tant to give the play­ers that time off to re­cu­per­ate when you get the chance.

“The free week­end will give some of the guys the chance to re­cover from wee knocks and the likes of Jack McMil­lan, who I had to take off at half-time last week with an an­kle in­jury, to get closer to fit­ness with­out miss­ing games.

“I’ve told the play­ers to go and re­lax and switch off and com­pletely take them­selves away from foot­ball.

“I’ve got play­ers who I trust and I know that they look af­ter them­selves off the park and give me ev­ery­thing they can on the park dur­ing games.”

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