Real Mallorca boss Joaquin Caparros is hoping to steal a march on his rivals with his plan to hold late-night training sessions.
Los Bermellones’ first two games of the new La Liga season, against Espanyol at the Iberostar Stadium on Saturday and Malaga in La Rosaleda the following week, both kick-off at 11pm, local time.
Hence, the 56-year-old has told his players that training on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the next two weeks will begin at 9pm, local time, so their bodies will become acclimatised to the late start.
Caparros is still searching for three more players before next weekend – two central defenders and a striker – and his paper-thin squad also has numerous injury problems.
Josep Lluis Marti and Javier Arizmendi are both struggling for fitness while Nunes and Sergi Enrich are also doubtful, with the two Israelis, Dudu Aouate and Tomer Hemed, both absent as they are away representing their country in Wednesday’s friendly with Hungary.