Premier League clubs training starts from Tomorrow, Tuesday

May 18, 2020
Wolves' Daniel Podence trains alone

Premier League clubs have agreed to stage one of the returns to training protocols which allows teams to start training in small groups from Tuesday.

Clubs voted unanimously on the decision at Monday’s “Project Restart” meeting.

Players must observe social distancing rules, and contact training is not permitted.

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

The Premier League statement added: “Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce said the return to training will be “as safe as it can be”, with players arriving in kit and wearing snoods during training.

“In phase one we’re allowed to train four to five people on one pitch, so basically a player has a quarter of a pitch to work within, so social distancing is not a problem. We’ll train with eight to 10 at a time on two separate pitches.

“Everything is in place in the safety aspect. I’ve got no issues and I can tell the supporters the players and the staff are as safe as we possibly can be. We all understand that this virus isn’t going to go away just like that – it’s going to hang around a bit, but I think with the protocols in place we’ll do everything we possibly can to get up and running again.”