Sky Sports and BT Sport have been told to work towards a resumption on June 12 or 19, of which the Premier League is facing a race against time to meet its return to action target.
In video conferences on Wednesday, chaired by the Premier League’s medical officer Mark Gillett, both groups gave tentative backing to resuming training next week, but did not endorse any other phases of the return to training plan, never mind playing matches. It was a positive meeting despite the raised corncern by both captains and managers.
West Ham captain Mark Noble and Watford skipper Troy Deeney are understood to have been particularly vocal during the conference call.With 20 players on the call it is understood there were divisions among the group over the plans.Players towards the top of the league were said to be more relaxed with the hygiene protocols devised by the Premier League, but those towards the bottom expressed greater concerns.
The first phase of training will see players working in small groups with distancing in place before contact is permitted in the week beginning May 25, although still only in groups of five or six. With the clubs deu to meet again this monday most premeir league players have been restricted to individual training subject to social distancing rules.
The eariliest players can resume training according to Daily mail its may 25th within the clubs complex subject to covid 19 agreement forms that players are required to sign furthering more corncerns to legal disclaimers.
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