Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Olly's Edging Closer to Full Fitness

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Olly's Edging Closer to Full Fitness

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Byline: By Lee Ryder

Newcastle United full-back Olivier Bernard says he is still not 100% match fit and is unlikely to figure in Sunday's clash with Everton, (writes Lee Ryder).

The Frenchman arrived back on Tyneside on a free transfer the day after deadline day and has since been building up his match fitness in the reserves.

His appearance against Man City in the second string was his third since coming back to the club and Bernard (pictured) said today: "My fitness is much better.

"The first week was tough but after a couple of games it has picked up.

"I am building up my match fitness in games and I am also working hard in training.

"After I've had a couple of games, I am sure I will catch up with the rest of the lads."

But even though the 4-3 win over Man City in midweek showed Bernard is getting closer to the required fitness levels, he feels reserve-team games are no comparison in terms of what is required in the top flight. …

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