The Premier League clubs will be met with proposals to test their playing squad twice a week should the league restart in June, according to a report by Sky Sports.
The Sun reported last week that Premier League action could be back in a matter of weeks after the UK government decided that resuming live sport was key to boosting the morale of the nation.
Clubs will reportedly be allowed to begin full training three weeks before the restart date to give their players a mini pre-season (Times).
Sky Sports has now revealed that proposals have been drafted to get all the players tested twice every week in the event the league does receive the green light to restart by the Government.
Premier League medical advisor Dr Mark Gillett is said to have drafted the proposal after consultation with La Liga and Bundesliga.
The report reveals that the proposed tests will be paid for by the Premier League and privately sourced and so it will not divert any resources from the public health efforts.
It is asserted that testing will only be done as long as it does not compromise the testing of key workers during the pandemic.
A formal proposal regarding testing protocols is set to be presented to all twenty top flight clubs in a shareholder meeting which takes place today.
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While the number of infections seems to be on a downward trend, the numbers are still not anywhere low enough for the league to restart safely. Even if one player or a member of a backroom staff gets diagnosed with COVID-19, we will potentially have to see many people quarantined, and the league might thus have to be called off.
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