Everton defender Mason Holgate admits he feels like a teenager again after returning to his mum and dad’s home in Doncaster amid the coronavirus pandemic.
All English football has come to a standstill because of the coronavirus, which has affected close to 650,000 people worldwide.
Fixtures across the country have been suspended until at least April 30, while Champions League and Europa League matches are postponed indefinitely.
Premier League stars have been forced to remain in self-isolation for the past fortnight and are therefore undergoing personal training plans from the luxury of their homes.
And Holgate, 23, has departed his Manchester base and returned home to mum and dad, Julie and Tony, in Doncaster.
The Toffees star told the Daily Mail: “You have to be careful. If you get bored, you can't just go to the kitchen and get yourself a biscuit to pass the time.
“You're not doing high-intensity things that can just burn it off, as would normally be the case.”
He then added: “The main thing is just keeping out of my mum's way so she doesn't shout!
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“The biggest concern I have about isolation is her going mad at me! It is like being a teenager again!”
As part of the club’s Blue Family Campaign designed to help vulnerable fans during the pandemic, Holgate recently spent time on the phone with a 92-year-old Everton fan named Alex – who is self-isolating at home in Crosby.
“He literally went through the whole timeline of being an Everton fan,” he said.
“He went through all the history, all the great achievements. He told me his first game was when Dixie Dean made his comeback from injury. His brother took him as a three-year-old. That's 89 years!
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“I know when I'm in Manchester I get really, really bored if I am on a day off. To do that over a period of weeks, by yourself, would be really difficult. Luckily, I have a family who I could come to. Others aren't so fortunate. There are only so many things you can do on your own.
And while he insists the constant pinging of the squad’s WhatsApp group shows how much they are missing going through the gears at Finch Farm, Holgate is putting things into perspective after his conversation with Alex.
“The absence of the daily patter is almost as big a miss as the football. But Alex has 12 weeks in front of him of not being able to see anyone,” he said.
“Yet he can sit there and talk so happily. He told me what he is doing to keep busy — a few jobs around the bungalow — and how he is staying positive.”
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