Burnley players reported back for pre-season training on Thursday at the Barnfield Training Centre.
Sean Dyche’s first team squad were back in for testing by the club’s Sports Science and physio teams, although the club’s internationals have been given a few extra days off before the full squad depart for Ireland on Monday.
Mark Howard, Head of Sports Science, put the boys through their paces with a series of physical tests, including body fat assessments and weight and fitness checks.
He explained: “We’re going to run the lads through lots of assessments and these include sports science strength and conditioning, psychology and medical.
“The players have been working for a couple of weeks leading up to this day. We run them through lots of assessments to make sure they’re all fit and ready, leading up to Ireland.
“The international lads have been playing through the summer, so they have a slightly different programme.
“We want to make sure the lads are all motivated when they come back in the building. This means them having the appropriate time to physically and mentally rest, to freshen up and get ready for the next season.”
The testing will continue ahead of the trip to Dublin, where the squad will begin training in earnest ahead of their first pre-season friendly at Shamrock Rovers a week tomorrow.