The Late Fitness Test podcast. Episode Four.

Wednesday, August 28 2019

Episode Four. The 'Late Fitness Test' podcast in association with Shoot the Defence. Cohosts Ben Dinnery, Johnny Wilson and Stel Stylianou tackle some of the main injury talking points from the last seven days:

  • Leroy Sane and his decision to go against club wishes and have reconstructive knee surgery in Austria. Johnny discusses autonomy of care and explains that the player, regardless of what he may have written in a pre-signing contract or whether it is an existing injury or a recurrence, he has a right to choose where he has that surgery and by whom.  
  • Messi steps up his recovery..... Johnny makes his own sandpit and explains how rotational forces and forces going through the joint dissipate through the sand. Also, why it is such a good medium for training and/or recovery. 
  • Eric Bailly contract talks and some standout stats. His availability rate for the Premier League is around 61 per cent. There have been 20 reported time loss injuries since his arrival at the club which culminates in almost a year on the sidelines. Can United afford to retain a player who will miss two in every five league matches?
  • Naby Keita's ongoing groin problem and the 'dreaded' Watford endurance test.




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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