The Premier League’s Project Restart has yet to get the official green light. However, plans are being set for a return to training on Monday. That will be the day after the Bundesliga completes it’s first round of fixtures post-coronavirus.
How the Germans fare is likely to play a prominent role with what the Premier League and UK government decide. While the Netherlands and France have banned sporting events forcing their football seasons to be canceled, other nations are still hopeful this season can resume.
The Portuguese Primeira Liga has just announced they plan to restart this season on June 4th. La Liga’s president Javier Tebas is pushing for Spain’s top flight to kick off again on June 12th.
However, the Spanish government is still hesitant to sanction football’s return at the moment. A few days ago, five players from Spain’s top two divisions, including three from Real Betis, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Today, EPL players, the Professional Footballers’ Association, and the government will meet to discuss safety concerns surrounding Project Restart. This meeting comes amidst reports that some players will not return to training on Monday.
According to the Mirror, one club has been informed by two of their players that they will not report to training next week.
We’ve also heard from Newcastle’s own Danny Rose as well as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling publicly question the decision to complete this season.
PFA chief Gordon Taylor believes that with certain assurances, this season can get back underway.
This is what Taylor told the Mirror:
“If you’re asking me, with the type of guarantees or assurances that would give confidence to the players, then (returning is) achievable.
“We’ve got to try it, see it if we can do it, and see if we can return to some form of activity. But it’s also being as careful and having as many assurances as possible that it’s achievable.
“We have to be open-minded. There’s a balance between what you hope can be done and what is realistic to achieve.”
We could hear something more concrete after today’s meeting where players can voice their concerns. There’s likely to be a few players unwilling to risk a return.