After the introductory part at home, we move to our traditional base in Turkey. This time, more limitations are introduced as we strictly respect the protocol and the required epidemiological regulations.
For the tenth time in a row, the violet-clad team left the Maribor airport for Turkey on Wednesday morning. Here is the list of passengers: Jug, Handanović, Pridgar, Sušak (vratar na preizkušnji), Peričić, Martinović, Pihler, Uskoković, Koblar, Obreht, Kolmanič, Bobarić, Felipe Santos, Mutavčić, Vrhovec, Dervišević, Cretu, Repas, Požeg Vancaš, Kronaveter, Kotnik, Bajde, Tavares, Mlakar, Matko and Mešanović.
Unfortunately, everything was not without complications. During the obligatory testing before the trip, Nemanja Mitrović, Mitja Pirih and Milan Vulović tested positive for COVID-19. Mitrović will, therefore, not continue with his healing process in Turkey. The physical conditioning team will have to make do without Vulović, but the goalkeepers are the ones who will have to adapt the most. Plan B has been activated: due to the absence of a goalkeeper and according to the agreement concluded by the professional team pursuant to Pirih’s instructions, the introductory part of the goalkeepers’ training in Turkey will be led by Jasmin Handanović. Pirić and Klinar will stay at home due to their injuries, while Milec is still suspended for a doping violation.
Belek will remain our violet-clad base until 1 February.