Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ moves one step closer with unanimous vote to resume training in small group

Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ moves one step closer with unanimous vote to resume training in small group

Premier League clubs have unanimously approved plans to resume training in small groups from Tuesday.

As part of the competition’s ‘Project Restart’ strategy, players must practise social distancing at all times and contact training is not allowed at this stage.

It’s one small step in the quest to get the 2019/20 season resumed

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It’s one small step in the quest to get the 2019/20 season resumed

Testing for coronavirus at top-flight clubs has taken place over the past two days, and will continue throughout the training period and the return to match action in a bid to make the environment as safe as possible for all concerned.

The league was suspended on March 13 but no date for a resumption has yet been fixed.

The protocols were presented to players and managers on conference calls which took place last week.

A statement read: “Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.

“The health and well-being 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.”

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The government has yet to give the green light for football to resume but it’s understood there was a target to resume it on the weekend of June 12.

However, the target date for a return is now set to be put back at least a week until June 19 after talks between players, managers and medical experts last week.

Managers expressed concerns around having enough time to prepare players for games following the long break, while some players have reservations about their safety should the season resume.

UEFA has told talkSPORT that they would like to receive as much information as possible from the domestic leagues by May 25 about their plans for how they wish to complete their seasons.

European football’s governing body understands that detailed plans might not be fully available by then due to a variety of external constraints.

However, UEFA would expect to at least receive some indications as to the potential way forward envisaged by national associations and league by that date.


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