Aston Villa winger Trezeguet (Photo: facebook.com/avfcofficial/)
Egypt and Aston Villa's winger Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan is working hard to maintain his fitness and weight as he remains under lockdown in the United Kingdom and fasts for more than 17 hours during the holy month of Ramadan.
“It is difficult because the day is long.
“While my family in Egypt are breaking the fast, I am praying the afternoon prayer here.There are extra three to four hours of fasting in the UK, but you have to maintain your health and weight all the time," he told Aston Villa's website.
Muslims abstain from drinking and eating from dawn to sunset, and "in the UK the day grows longer as we edge into the summer starting from 3:15 am until almost 9 pm.
“As footballers, our body is our asset, particularly in this period because we stay at home most of the time, you have to watch your weight and health.”
The 25-year old international has left a good impact in his debut Premier League season scoring on three occasions and making two assists in 24 games.
“I thank Aston Villa fans for standing by us and I will do everything I can to make them happy.
“I also thank the Egyptian people for their continuous support. I promise I will do my best everyday to make them and my country proud.”
Trezeguet pointed out there is a positive side to the quarantine.
“You get to spend more time with your family," he concluded.
The British government has given the green light to clubs to resume the season by mid-June. The teams will start group training on Wednesday.
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