Date: 8th March 2016 at 9:23am
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Head coach Alan Stubbs has said heading for the Andalusian resort of La Cala for a short term training camp will be the ideal preparation for the League Cup Final against Ross County.

The squad checked in last night and will remain over there until Thursday, before then completing preparations for the game on Sunday and for Stubbs, as he spoke to the Edinburgh News, not only was it thanks to the board for sanctioning the trip – but he knows it can only help us given the tight knit benefit of keeping players together ahead of such games, as well as recovery improvements from the climate.

‘It`s something we had spoken about for a number of weeks. It`s been a heavy schedule over the last month. We`ve had ten games in the space of 32 days, so I wanted to try and take them away from all the publicity around the game and have an enclosed training camp where it`s just us and we can work on what we need to work on for the game in a relaxed environment away from all the TV. I just wanted to have a really relaxed environment before Sunday because I know the tension can build before the game. I asked about the opportunity of taking them away to do that and the club have, again, backed me and trusted me by doing it.’

Stubbs went on to say that given the weather the training pitches are poor as well, so that’s an even further benefit in his eyes and they can recover but get down to work.

‘It`s nice for the players to get a little bit of sun on their backs just to re-energise them. We all know going away to a bit of sun does make you feel good rather than turning up for training and all you see is rain, snow and wind. This is not a reward or anything – this is preparation for a cup final on Sunday.’

With Dylan McGeouch picking up a new groin problem on the opposite side, and having limped off after 26 minutes in the Inverness game, Stubbs also confirmed he travelled even though he is basically ruled out of the game this Sunday.

Paul Hanlon also made the trip and Fraser Fyvie is being very closely monitored as he looks to return from a month out with medial ligament damage.

Stubbs continued.

‘First and foremost, we are all disappointed for Dylan. He is obviously gutted at the fact he`s going to miss the final and he hasn`t been able to come through. There`s no prognosis just yet. It`s his other side that he`s feeling, so we are going to let it settle down then speak to the medical staff and see what the best course of action to take with Dylan is. It`s unfortunate, but we`ll put our arm around him and we`ll make sure we get to the bottom of this.’

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