On Monday at 3:15 pm, the technical staff, led by coach Yves Vanderhaeghe, will start preparing for the new season. 23 outfield players and 3 goalkeepers will comprise the squad; here's an overview of the Groen-Zwart's preparation for the new season:
2021-2022 Season: Countdown to Monday!
Due to the construction of a new hybrid pitch, training will take place -- at least until mid-July -- on 'Field 8' of the Jan Breydel Stadium, the most distant of the two 'A core' fields which sit next to the offices of the Cercle Brugge Youth Academy. Fans who would like to come and watch one of the training sessions can do so via a space provided next to the Youth Academy.
Earlier this week it was announced that Cercle will also play six friendly matches in preparation for the new season. Four of these matches have already been confirmed; the other two will be announced shortly. On Thursday and Friday, all of the players underwent their physicals -- here is an overview of the players who will train starting Monday:
Thomas Didillon, Warleson & Sébastien Bruzzese
Vitinho, Jesper Daland, Robbe Decostere, Serge-Philippe Raux-Yao, Dimitar Velkovski, Alexander Corryn, Arne Cassaert, Figo Suffys, Artuur Zutterman & Boris Popovic
Dino Hotic, Charles Vanhoutte, Kevin Hoggas, Hannes Van Der Bruggen, Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, Aldom Deuro & Edgaras Utkus
Kévin Denkey, Olivier Deman, Wolf Ackx, Olivier Scholaert & Aske Sampers
- Boris Popovic and Edgaras Utkus are two AS Monaco players who will train with the Groen-Zwart.
- Alimami Gory has returned after his loan spell at Troyes and will join the squad from 21 June.
- Thibo Somers, Andi Koshi and Franck Kanouté are continuing their rehabilitation. It is expected that Koshi will be able to join group training sessions over the course of the next week. Somers is expected to be fit at the end of July, and the team's medical staff hopes to get Kanouté fit at approximately the same time.
- The team's contracts with Merveille Goblet, Jérémy Taravel and Calvin Dekuyper have expired and will not be renewed. Loan players David Bates, Harrison Marcelin, Strahinja Pavlovic, Giulian Biancone, Iké Ugbo and Anthony Musaba will return to their respective teams.