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Premier League restart boost as clubs vote to resume training amid coronavirus

Premier League restart boost as clubs vote to resume training amid coronavirus”

Britain's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is hopeful the Premier League can resume by mid-June despite concerns raised by players and coaches over the need for an extended period of training before matches restart.

The Premier League has edged closer to restarting as its clubs voted in favor of resuming training, while adhering to strict medical protocols outlined by the organization's "Project Restart" plan.

They note the same two-month timescale for squeezing in the remaining nine full rounds of fixtures, and say that players could return to training on Tuesday with social distancing measures in place, after undergoing testing over the weekend. "The plan is then to move onto full contact training after a week".

English Premier League players should not receive their wages if they refuse to return to training, a senior club official has said.

"The health and wellbeing of all participants are the Premier League's priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process".

The first stage "has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, club doctors, independent experts and the government".

Prem bosses expect some players and club staff to test positive when contractors Prenetics carry out the first phase of the official programme over the next two days.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has said he does not want to hear the club's famous "You'll never walk alone" chant at Anfield if the Premier League resumes since fans will not be in the ground to sing it due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's been a really hard time, but I hope with the news that phase one is about to start - and I must stress that phase one looks as if it's as safe as it can be - I'm sure everyone will be delighted that we're trying to make that effort", he told NUFC TV. That's no problem, that's like going to the park.

'I would say 98 per cent [of players] are very much aware that phase one is very good, I would say 65-70 per cent of people are concerned with phase two.

"I'm expecting most, if not all our players back this week, but a lot of them are anxious about playing games and contact training".

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce had earlier told the Sunday Telegraph the timescale was "at least six weeks", adding: "I don't see how we can play games until the back end of June". I'd say it's maybe as high as 40 or 50 per cent of them.

"We are working hard with them to try and get it back, aiming for mid-June, but the number one test is public safety".



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