The Late Fitness Test podcast. Episode Three.

Monday, August 19 2019


Episode Three. Shoot the Defence 'Late Fitness Test' podcast. Ben Dinnery, Johnny Wilson and Stel Stylianou return to discuss a host of injury-related topics. This weeks' highlights include:

  • Kieran Tierney and 'that' club-record vertical jump test and why his results may indicate a return-to-play (RTP) sooner than the club suggests in mid-October. 
  • Bayern Munich could still move for Leroy Sane during the European summer transfer window despite the winger being sidelined for at least six months. Johnny explains why a deal may yet be done.
  • Following on from the FIFpro 'At the Limit' report which came out earlier this month. The footballers union flagged Alisson Becker as one of those players most at risk of suffering a fatigue-related injury having played 72 competitive fixtures and travelled over 80k kilometers in the previous 12 months. And, after playing in every Premier League minute in his first season at Liverpool, the goalkeeper picked up quite a severe-looking muscle injury on the opening day. With supporters fearing the worst, we discuss the nature of the injury and why seeing Alisson in a short-leg walking boot, may not necessarily be a bad thing. 
  • And, finally, Jack Wilshere, and his decision, with West Ham's blessing, to bring in an external person to help maximise his opportunities on the pitch.  

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Ben Dinnery

Ben Dinnery


Ben is football’s leading injury specialist. The ‘go-to’ guru for big hitters like Sky Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports when they need data. Or the BBC, talkSPORT and the broadsheets when a quote is required. His unique insight has helped provide a better understanding of what is really happening in the treatment rooms.

Johnny Wilson

Johnny Wilson


Johnny is a respected physiotherapist and sports scientist, specialising in football injuries and rehab. Johnny has headed up the medical departments at Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Notts County. Overseeing everything from player-specific training loads to pre-signing medicals. He has a proven record working with elite athletes in Private Practice and is regularly called upon throughout Europe to deliver presentations on the latest rehab innovations.

Matt Nesbitt

Matt Nesbitt On TipTV


Matt's short, unremarkable football career was ended by his own bad driving. His long, distinguished career as a football tipster was ended by his own good advice. Because bookmakers don’t like a winner. First, they closed his accounts. Then his members’ accounts. Then his tipping service. And now they employ him as a consultant. Funny old game.


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