Premier Clubs to resume
Top-flight football in England moved a step closer to resuming after the Premier League voted unanimously to allow teams to return to training in small groups.
Representatives from all 20 teams in the Premier League recently met with Premier League officials and medical experts to come up with a plan in order to get the league back up and running as soon as possible.
After lengthy discussions, it has been agreed that Step One of the Return to Training Protocol will allow squads to train together while adhering to the social distancing rules. At this moment in time, no contact training is allowed.
It is believed that training will get the go-ahead to resume today (Tuesday, May 19) after the first batch of Covid-19 test results have been confirmed.
Not all players will return to training, with a number of Premier League stars expressing their disapproval over the possible return. Watford’s Troy Deeney is not expected to be back at training this week after saying “We’re due back in this week. I’ve said I’m not going in.” when he was a guest on Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew’s Podcast Talk the Talk.
Training sessions will be closely monitored over the next week or so, with the Premier League still hopeful of getting the season back on track on June 12, behind closed doors with no fans allowed in for the foreseeable future.
A Premier League statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon, the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.
“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.
“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government.
“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.
“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.
“Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.”
It will be interesting to see which players and clubs return to training on Tuesday, while Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have already posted on their social media accounts that they are ready to resume training.
What will training look like?
It’s not a case of everyone turning up and kicking a ball around like the good old days of three months ago, if this is to work then every club has to take it seriously and play by the rules. It has been reported that surprise inspections will be held to make sure everything is being done in the correct manner.
Some rules Premier League clubs have to obey include:
- Disinfecting all training equipment and ball
- Delivering training kit to players, so they can arrive ready
- Designated parking spaces with gaps of three spaces per car
- List of arranged staggered times for players to arrive
- List of club employees who will be allowed at the training ground