Date: 28th June 2017 at 12:42pm
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Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson has said the club will most certainly rotate players at the beginning of the campaign to avoid an early burn out.

With the release of the fixtures lists seeing us play four times across the month of August with the EFL Cup clash against Exeter City on top of our League One commitments, Robinson told London News Online that he would definitely be shuffling the pack for the cup clash, as although he wants to progress, the same starting eleven won’t feature on Saturday, then Tuesday and then again the following Saturday.

‘The team which plays Saturday (Bristol Rovers) won`t be playing on the Tuesday (Exeter) and then following Saturday (Plymouth). I`m going to make a few changes from that first game. To ask them to play that first match and then travel to Exeter to play another 90 minutes before travelling to Plymouth, you can burn players out pretty quickly.’

Robinson went on to say that you have to factor in travel time for games because of the relevant recovery periods and sessions that can be factored in.

‘We`ve got Northampton at home right after that and then Rotherham and Oldham away, we`ve got to make sure we get the travelling and balance right. We are trying to get the right amount of players in from a recruitment perspective. It`s always hard to bring in players to League One from abroad because our division has probably the highest number of clubs in Europe. Not only that, we play in three cup competitions. We`ve got to make sure we recruit players who are used to playing this level of football week in, week out.’

There was a specific delight for Robinson though when he saw the fixtures the other week, we have limited travel through the year on midweek away trips.

‘What I`m happy about is with the midweek Tuesday night games. We have only got Walsall and Oxford away on a Tuesday night, which is brilliant for us. When you think we`ve got the likes of Wigan and Bradford coming here in midweek, whereas last season we were going away to those clubs. It made it very difficult from a travelling perspective. The fixture list looks very kind to us.’

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