City’s coaching staff have given the players a training programme to follow at home while they wait to see if the season will resume.
Fernandinho said: ‘We live in different ways so now we are just isolated far from everyone. You make some phone and video calls, but it is not the same. It is hard to be honest.
Fernandinho admits he is missing life at Manchester City while under lockdown
‘Sometimes I take the footballs out, sometimes take a rest, but most of the days we are doing some exercises.
‘We have been in touch with the club staff and they are sending us some plans and what kind of exercises we have to do. Sometimes we have a video call conference with them and a training session as well.
‘That is the way we are trying to keep fit, but it isn’t the same of course.’
The Brazil international admits that he misses the football environment around the CFA since the Premier League was shut down over the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Very much,’ added Fernandinho. ‘Not just the football, but my relationships with my teammates, with the staff, everyone, the people at the club.
The midfielder claims staying fit has proven tough while under lockdown conditions
‘I miss arriving at the club in the morning, having a chat with everyone in the kitchen. This is a tough time for everybody, but I am feeling it right now because I am really missing everyone.
‘The training sessions, the relationships with teammates and staff, the time before training you are talking with the physios, sometimes the kitchen after breakfast and even on the pitch before training starts. Everything.’
The consolation for Fernandinho is that he gets to spend more time with his 10-year-old son David and daughter Mariana, 3, during the enforced break.
He said: ‘Before the lockdown in the UK, I asked for permission to travel to Brazil to spend this difficult time with my family.
The City veteran cannot wait to return to the club’s training ground to be with team-mates
‘The club allowed me to come and I am here in the north east of Brazil. We took a house over here with some space for the kids as well and we are here spending this time here. It is really nice.
‘Now we are spending more time with the kids, my wife, close friends and family and it is a different situation.
‘Most of the time you are away and you have to travel. Sometimes you just sleep at home two or three days a week because most of the time you are away. So now we spend seven days a week at home and you discover a new life. I am enjoying that time.’