Coronavirus: Premier League clubs to resume training in groups


Some Premier League clubs are to recommence training in small groups on Tuesday as Premier League resumption edge closer

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League officials, medical experts and representatives from all 20 sides held talks on Monday via a video conference call and agreed to stage one of the return to training protocols.

Stage one enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing, but contact training is not yet permitted.

On Tuesday morning, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson arrived at Melwood, so too Steven Bergwijn at Tottenham's training ground, while members of Wolves' squad - including Conor Coady and Diogo Jota - were seen doing isolated fitness sessions.

Manchester United's players will return to training at Carrington on Wednesday, having been tested at the Aon Training Complex on Sunday.

Watford are also set to resume on Wednesday, although captain Troy Deeney said he would not take part amid concerns for his son's health.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said on Tuesday: "Let's get up and going and see where it takes us. I think all of us want to get it started and finished."

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says they expect to have the first batch of COVID-19 test results by 2pm on Tuesday and training can start to begin once that happens.

Masters also stated there remains flexibility over the league resuming on June 12, and players' fitness levels will be taken into consideration when that decision is made.

"I think once you know when you can start full contact training, and we've had a proper discussion about clubs over how much is required to create the fitness levels before they can start playing, you're then in a position to confirm when the season start date is," he said.

"We haven't changed the start date; we have to be flexible about it. What we don't want to do is continually to move that start date. So, we haven't changed it but we need to be flexible and acknowledge we're in a step-by-step process."

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