Thorn sends Eastwood away in bid for fitness boost

Coventry City manager Andy Thorn has sent Freddy Eastwood to an intensive fitness camp in order to get him back to his best for the rest of the season.

The striker has been sent to the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall, a facility that specialises in fitness and rehabilitation.

Eastwood has only appeared once this season as a substitute in a home stalemate with Watford after suffering a hamstring strain in the Sky Blues’ final pre-season fixture against Norwich City.

Thorn believes the 27-year-old still cannot be considered for first-team selection and told the Coventry Telegraph his reasoning for the approach: “Freddy’s a great kid and a good lad but his level of fitness isn’t good enough. He’s gone there because I need him to be available for selection and at the moment he needs to be in better condition than what he is.

With the numbers we have got it is disappointing that we’ve had to go down this route but no-one can help him apart from himself.”

Eastwood shot to prominence thanks to his goalscoring exploits at Southend United which included a match-winning strike against Manchester United in a 2006 Carling Cup clash.

However since his move to the Ricoh Arena in 2008 the striker has managed just 18 goals and is keen to prove himself to Thorn in the last year of his contract.

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