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A message from Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson addressed the importance of online interactivity through social distancing and hailed the National Health Service for their work as football takes a back seat amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The City head coach has also enjoyed seeing how his players have continued to find ways of having fun in their own homes alongside their individual training programmes.

JOHNSON'S MESSAGE TO SUPPORTERS

“Hi guys, first I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and well in this difficult time. We want you to know that we are missing you immensely both as a football club and a team. Your support drives us and gives us the buzz to do the thing that we love most which is play football.

“Of course, the Government advice is that we stay in and it’s important we adhere to that. All the lads are doing the same. They are getting their physical work via their training programmes and as you see on social media they are having a bit of fun as well.

“It’s important we interact with each other and the player interact with the fans and vice versa. I saw Korey Smith’s unbelievable teabag trick. I’m not sure if it was real but well done Korey! The likes of Niclas Eliasson are on his own with no family around him so it will be good to continue the interaction around him.

“A huge show of love and respect goes to the NHS and the key health workers in and around Bristol. I know a lot of you are Bristol City fans and of course come to games. The work you are doing at the moment is beyond the call of duty and fantastic. We truly send our thanks and heartfelt accommodations and respect for everything you have been doing and long may that continue.

“Hopefully this virus dips quickly and we can resume our football. I’m in constant touch with Mark Ashton who is on the EFL board and doing a fantastic job in trying to accelerate things as much as he can, but of course keeping the nation safe as well.”

As for himself, Johnson is continuing to work hard from home as he prepares for the eventual return of football.

“It’s easy for me to sit at home and plan, work hard and make sure I can get eyes on all the players and watch clips of the loans and make sure we can work on recruitment as well as reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly that has gone on this season.

“When we come back and we will come back, we want to make sure we hit the ground running and give ourselves every chance of getting promoted to the Premier League this season.”

Goalkeeper Dan Bentley had earlier spoken of the importance of self-isolation where appropriate and also thanked the NHS for their vital work.

Speaking to the nation on Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. In his address, he said residents can only leave their house to purchase household necessities – as infrequently as possible – and exercise once per day outdoors, either alone or with other members of your household.

It’s also possible to leave the house for medical purposes, or to provide care for a vulnerable person, while people can travel to work providing it’s unavoidable.