IAN Holloway says injury prevention will be Millwall's top priority this summer as he finalises his plans for pre-season training.
The Lions squad report back on June 26 before flying out to Portugal three days later for a week of training in the Algarve.
Holloway has revealed that Millwall will not play a competitive friendly until the third week of pre-season to ensure bumps, bruises and niggles are kept to a bare minimum.
"It's really important that you don't get any injuries, so I do very little contact," he said.
"I do football work right from day one – I incorporate ball, technique and skill work around movement.
"Every player was given a fitness schedule over the summer – they were given two weeks to chill out and rest, but they should come back with a good base fitness.
"Within the first week of pre-season we'll assess them, the second week we'll train them and by the third week the games will start.
"You have to make sure they have 14 days where they get their bodies used to moving www.mindanews.com/buy-effexor/ again because straight-line running, cycling and swimming aren't like twisting and turning.
"I've devised a plan so that there aren't any games for the first two weeks and the contact is very minimal.
"The players will be built up gradually so that they are ready, and then touch wood we won't pick up many injuries and we'll have a sound base to build on for the rest of the season.
"It's very difficult to stay at peak fitness for ten months."
The Lions will return to the Cascade Resort where they spent six days in January working on their fitness.
"We wanted to go to Portugal for the second week of pre-season but we could not get that sorted, so it will be the first week," Holloway added.
"We'll have them in for two days at the training ground and then we'll fly out. We'll assess their levels and body fat percentages, see where they are and make them do a few runs.
"Hopefully their fitness levels will be good and we can do a lot of football work over there."