Clarets heading for Minnesota

Last updated : 13 July 2008 By Tony Scholes
Clarke Carlisle
They can expect little respite from the heat and humidity and the suggestion is that the game on Tuesday evening at 7:30 Central Time (1:30 a.m. on Wednesday here in the UK) will be played at a temperature of around 33 degrees.

Central defender Clarke Carlisle has been speaking about working in the heat and admits that you only need to stand around to get a sweat on. "The conditions have been very testing here. It is so hot and humid and hard to catch your breath," he admitted.

"There was some good news for us today because I looked in USA Today and it is cooler by a whole of three degrees Fahrenheit although I'm not sure that's going to make much difference really. It is all about degrees of baking over here.

"You only need to stand outside for a few minutes in the sun and you are sweating buckets, so try to run around for a full game was a real tester. It has to be taken into account that this was our first ninety minutes of pre-season after only 10 or 12 days training and to get through that, especially in that heat, and losing over a stone in fluid, makes it a great first port of call.

"We are here for a reason and if we can gain fitness in such adverse weather conditions then surely we should be able to handle what we would consider to be normal conditions when we get home."

Clarke believes we will be better equipped for the second game when the Clarets take to the field in Blaine before heading home for a game at Palmerston Park on Saturday against Queen of the South.