LOUIS SAHA has been sleeping in an oxygen chamber in a bid to come back fit and sharp for pre-season training next season.
Everton’s influential striker missed the last eight games of last season with an ankle injury – and was also troubled by calf and hamstring problems during the campaign.
But two weeks before the Blues report back to Finch Farm, Saha has been preparing for the gruelling pre-season programme at the Camp8 rehab centre near St Raphael in his native France.
Sleeping in an oxygen chamber is just part of the programme that Saha revealed on his Twitter feed yesterday.
Posting a picture of himself with an oxygen mask strapped to his face he tweeted: “That’s an oxygen chamber to boost the healing process and recovery after hard training.
“Sleeping in a chamber like M. Jackson. The rehab center Camp8 got a few top machines.”
Saha was injured just 73 minutes into last season’s curtain raiser at Blackburn and wasn’t able to complete his first full 90 minutes until November.
With Yakubu likely to leave Goodison this summer and James Vaughan having already joined Norwich, Saha will be even more important to David Moyes’ forward planning next season and the Frenchman intends to give himself every chance of playing as full a role as possible.
“What a nice feeling to have the chance again to train and play with elite sportsmen,” he added. “I will try to enjoy it even more because no-one plays forever. I hate pre-season but I love to get back training to touch the ball again. When I retire I will probably miss it more but when I actually have to do it to perform it’s not always easy mentally and physically.”
The concept of breathing pure oxygen to recover quicker from injuries is not a new one.
In the 1990s Everton used an oxygen tank at the Boat Museum in Ellesmere Port to help injured stars like Paul Rideout and Barry Horne. The Camp8 website claims to “revitalise athleticism to optimise the return to competition.”