Luton Town news: What defender Tom Lockyer made about his pre-season?

Lockyer has returned to full fitness and has been involved in the pre-season games against Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

Luton Town player Tom Lockyer (R); Credit: Twitter@LutonTown.
By Karthik Raman | Aug 2, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Luton Town will be eager to make the most of their unlikely promotion to the Premier League when the new season begins in a couple of weeks’ time. They had beaten Coventry City in the Championship playoff final to secure the passage to the English top flight. Tom Lockyer was one of their key players last season, as he helped Luton gain promotion to the top division – something not many saw coming at the start of that campaign.

However, it was not all easy for the Wales defender. At the start of the playoff final against Coventry City, Tom Lockyer had collapsed and had to be carried off on a stretcher. He then had to stay in a hospital for some days, as he underwent an operation to correct an atrial fibrillation. Thankfully that is behind him now, as Lockyer has returned to full fitness and has been involved in the pre-season games against Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

Tom Lockyer on pre-season

Tom Lockyer spoke about how his pre-season has turned out to be till now. “Tough, really tough. It’s been a different pre-season for myself, a weird one to be honest. I keep getting told that I’m a couple of weeks behind and that doesn’t sit right with me, I want to be up with the lads so to get that first 90 minutes in is a good feeling and I know it’s in the locker now,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s website.

He added: “When the lads start running in the off-season to get ready for pre-season, I wasn’t allowed to do too much. I was only allowed to do a couple of 5k’s just to see where I was at, but when the other lads are doing their own stuff, they are doing sprints and box-to-boxes which I wasn’t able to do. When I came in for pre-season, they were very conscious of not breaking me down because that would set me back further. It’s been different, hopefully now with 90 minutes in the tank, I can look forward.”

Luton Town still has a couple of pre-season games to go against Wolverhampton Wanderers and VfL Bochum ahead of the start to the new Premier League season. “You don’t really want to look too far ahead, I know you can get carried away with the season we’ve got coming up. We have to focus on getting our principles right on the pitch, do everything that we can do in training, so we are well drilled for that first game. You want to win these pre-season friendlies but there’s deeper meanings for us at the minute. Our shape, how we want to play, how we want to move the ball, getting to know the new lads that have come in,” he explained.

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