Sky Sports report that Premier League clubs have unanimously voted in favour of resuming training in small groups from Tuesday as they look to get players ready for the resumption of the league.
An emergency conference call was held on Monday with representatives from all twenty clubs, as well as league officials and medical experts. The decision was put to vote and the outcome proved comprehensive.
Clubs will now be allowed to resume training from tomorrow, although some strict social distancing measures will be observed in phase one of training.
Contact training will not be permitted in phase one, while all training equipment and balls at the training grounds will have to be disinfected after every session.
Players will be allocated into different groups of four or five and will then train on their designated pitches. The players are said to be aware of the strict rules imposed, including no tackling or spitting during the first few weeks of training.
Regarding the development, the Premier League said: “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.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It will be next to impossible for clubs to ensure players adhere to some of these restrictions while training. However, this is certainly positive news and, with this development, one presumes that the resumption of the league next month is inevitable barring some major issue.
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