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Newcastle’s First Week Back Has Been ‘Strange But Definitely Nice’

Premier League clubs returned to training this past Tuesday to start phase 1 of Project Restart. 748 Players and staff had been tested the Sunday before which resulted in 6 positive tests. Those individuals are now self-quarantining.

Newcastle’s club doctor Paul Catterson revealed on Friday that Newcastle did not have any positive tests.

The league will meet at some point next week to make a decision on moving to phase 2, which will involve contact training. With the players and staff being tested twice a week, it’s going to be critical that there’s not an uptick in positive tests for the next phase to get approved.

But they’ve been as safe as possible under phase 1 having four to five players isolated on a pitch. The staff has also worn personal protective equipment when interacting with the players. So hopefully the next round of tests will not see an increase in positive cases.

The Mirror has published some comments from Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles on the return to training.

This is what a motivated Lascelles had to say:

“We are ready to go. We are still motivated and have nine games to finish off.

“It has been strange seeing the staff with personal protective equipment stuff on.

“It is four to a pitch so we have social distancing. It is strange but definitely nice to get things going again.

“It has been tough being away, but there are people losing their lives and in worse situations. We have kept fit, stuck to the program and I have had quality time with my son.”

For Newcastle, it’s been a positive first week back and it’s great to start seeing and hearing from the lads again. Fingers crossed that it all continues to go well.

9 comments so far

  • ctommo

    May 23, 2020 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Is it a 1st?

  • The Prince's Mate

    May 23, 2020 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Good morning HAL, just woken up in my armchair.. (an old man’s habit) need to get some shut-eye… have a great weekend.
    Carltoon… don’t be frightened sweetie, we’re all here for you… we’re all here for each other x

  • jazzyp

    May 23, 2020 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #3

    On a positive note we one day closer to getting rid of the Fat controller and becoming a club we all dream of becoming.
    Happy Saturday lads

  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Being given a date by various sources (June 1) , kinda removes some anxiety
    Not spending every couple of moments checking webcams , twitter , news outlets etc. etc.

  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #5

    I see in the Berlin derby last night
    Hertha gave Union a bit of a scudding
    4 – 0

  • Jib

    May 23, 2020 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #6

    As quite a vocal supporter of Danny Rose it looks like I have
    to eat humble pie and admit the Spurs fans got it right.
    He comes across as a trouble-making bad egg and I would
    guess that the coaches are breathing a sigh of relief he’s
    isolating himself from the squad.

  • ctommo

    May 23, 2020 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Agree on Danny Rose Jib. Seems he just has way too much to say for himself.

    Re June 1st, I would really like the tension to be lifted, waiting until then, only for a surprise announcement like it should be. No itk, no journalist teasers, just boom. Deal is done

  • magicmac54

    May 23, 2020 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib two good posts by you this morning about giving a date june 1st removes anxiety people checking checking thier twitter webcams and different news outlets every few moments to see about takeover, also i totally agree with your comments about your comments about Danny Rose spot on Jib

  • Kevin Vegan

    May 23, 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib, it takes strength of character to hold tour hands up and say “I got that one a bit wrong”, so fair play to you for not digging yourself a Danny Rose shaped grave. I have to say I also had some hopes for Danny when he arrived, but he’s done nothing to affirm them and plenty to raise doubts. Same with Bentaleb. I’m willing to trust Poch on his handling of both players at this point. Neither are up to scratch for a club at the level we should be aspiring to. Willems is the only loanee I’d consider making permanent personally, and even then it wouldn’t be my first choice for a new LB and would depend very heavily on how he’s looking in terms of recovering from injury. If he doesn’t hit the travk running on his return, it could prove to be a risky deal with his history of knee problems and repeated damaged ligaments.


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