The return of the Premier League has just taken a significant step closer as clubs have unanimously voted to resume contact training.
We have learned that initial talks have taken place over a return in late June, despite England being one of the worst COVID-19 hit countries in Europe, but there will be regular testing and strict hygiene measures in place to ensure football can restart safely.
Two weeks ago the Bundesliga returned behind closed doors which gives clubs in the Premier League some hope at least.
Manchester United have a lot to play for this season. They’re still in the FA Cup and Europa League, with the season’s biggest objective still achievable (finish in the top four).
The latest update from Premier League clubs suggests that 11 v 11 training games could soon be underway at Carrington. United shared some pictures of the players training at training yesterday and they all look delighted to be back and put through their paces.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 26, 2020
Read the Premier League’s statement below (via ManUtd.com):
“Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training – marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.
“Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.
“The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants.
“Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
“Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.
“Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.”