PAUL Lambert is considering cancelling morning training during Villa’s American tour because the sweltering conditions are “unforgiving”.
During the first leg of the tour in Philadelphia, Lambert and his coaches put the players through their paces during early sessions.
But with the mercury rising to 99 degrees fahrenheit, the manager was concerned it would take its toll on the claret and blues squad.
Temperatures in Chigaco, where Villa fly to today, are expected to be slightly cooler than their Novacare Centre training base in Philadelphia.
Villa’s morning sessions have been largely restricted to light running and passing drills. However, if needs be, the manager is prepared to train just once during the evenings when the sun goes down rather than risk his players being drained.
“The heat’s pretty severe at the minute and it’s a bit different for us,” said Lambert.
“We are here to work and we are here to play and I’m pretty sure it will be really tough for us.
“I don’t think we can train in the mornings in this heat. It’s really severe. It’s hard for us coming from a climate where we are not used to this sort of temperature.”
Villa’s training plan has been specially tailored to cope with the conditions and ensure the players have sufficient fluids and rest. Lambert has also pleadged to continue rotating his squad during the friendly matches to avoid the risk of burnout.
“The lads will lose a lot of fluid as everybody knows – for some of them they might lose some weight,” said Lambert.
“For us, it’s for training, we know how hard it’s going to be but for us it’s a fitness thing because we have to get the lads up to speed.
“If it’s 45 minutes then that’s it and then we go into the next games and get up to speed really.
“I think it’s really tough playing in this sun. It’s really strong. I felt it myself and I’m just standing watching it.
“The lads are under immense pressure with the heat. It’s unforgiving.”
Richard Dunne confirmed the conditions were tough to train in, particularly for him during his first week following an extend break.
But the central defender insists the players are still enjoying the tour and are progressing with their fitness plans despite the heat.
“It’s tough and I think a few of the lads struggled to sleep as well,” said Dunne. “We’ve been up early to go out. It’s tough at the best of times but in that heat it’s doubly difficult.
“All the lads are happy to be here. America is a good place to come and the standard of the league has improved. It’s a good test for us to see where we are in terms of our own fitness and good preparation for the season ahead.”