According to The Mirror, Premier League director of football Richard Garlick has drafted a document outlining procedures that all clubs must follow at their training ground in anticipation of players returning.
When group training is permitted to resume, all players and staff will have to wear personal protective equipment. The players will have to train while wearing masks.
Each player will have to pass the COVID-19 Antigen Test in the 48 hours before participating in group training. The sessions will be implemented in phases with small groups initially before eventually moving to full squad training.
The seven-page document will be discussed as part of the next round of Premier League meetings, which is scheduled for Friday. It has been dubbed Project Restart, and they aim to have matches resume in June.
Here is some of what is written in the document:
“This protocol will require the consent of all stakeholders and the agreement of Clubs.
“No Club shall permit or facilitate group training at its Training Ground before the date on which such activity is permitted by the Government (‘Training Return Date’).
“Any such group training after the Training Return Date must be strictly in accordance with these Rules.
“Training will initially recommence in the form of small group training and progress to team training over a time period mandated by the League on advice from the UK Government.”
The Mirror also reports that both Arsenal and Tottenham have held individual sessions at their training grounds, with players working on their own on separate pitches.
Last week, France followed the Netherlands example of banning sporting events until September, which forced Ligue 1 to cancel this season. The French government is now lobbying other countries to do the same.
Le Parisien reports that senior French government officials are engaged in a lobbying effort with their partners in Germany, Italy, Spain & England so that none of the other big 5 leagues’ 2019/20 seasons restart. More follows.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) April 29, 2020
The German Bundesliga has already allowed their clubs to return to training and hope to get the green-light to resume matches in May.