Until at least 19 June, Ronan Finn will not be in match action for SSE Airtricity League leaders Shamrock Rovers.

With no League of Ireland fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic, players and clubs face the challenge of training individually and trying to maintain core fitness.

Finn spoke to the RTÉ Soccer Podcast and gave an insight into what work, if any, players can do behind the scenes.

"At this stage, there is very little you can do really because the season is due to start back in three months," he said.

"So the manager is giving us a bit to do but we'll probably have to reassess it in a couple of weeks because we're basically back into a pre-season then."

While the physical challenge of maintaining fitness is clear, the psychological side is also paramount.

"It's difficult with it being the end of March, [to be] focusing on a specific day because them dates could change," said Finn.

"You've just got to keep yourself going, whether that's getting the bit of work that the gaffer gives you.

"But I do a bit of work on the side that keeps me distracted from that. I've got a family, I've got a baby so I am busy in that regard.

"But we're footballers, we're one industry and there are many industries that are suffering. So we just row in with whatever the government [tells us], whatever's been told.

"But hopefully soon we'll be able to train back in groups together and that will make it easier for the manager and make it easier for players to be able to start discussing tactics and working on different formations because you will hopefully have Europe in July then and you can start looking forward to that.

"But at the moment it's very difficult. You can only do so much. You can't train in groups so you're limited to different styles of running on your own. For the manager, it would be very frustrating because you can only do so much."

Before the suspension of fixtures, Shamrock Rovers had made a strong start to the season, winning five games from five.

However, the scale of the pandemic globally is putting football in perspective, according to Finn.

"It's unfortunate because we had a great start," he added.

"But there are bigger things around the world. Football's one of them that will suffer in this country. But we just have to wait and see how the next few months go."

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