Newcastle United may take the pitch sooner than the projected start date of the weekend of June 19th. The Mirror are reporting that Premier League clubs have been given the green light to schedule friendlies before the season resumes.
This is another significant step taken by the league as they continue to make progress with Project Restart. It indicates that football is almost certain to get underway in a few weeks.
The most recent round of coronavirus testing showed no new cases. After four rounds, 12 players or staff have tested positive. We expect that another batch of testing will be announced soon.
Last week, clubs were permitted to ramp up to contact training, and some clubs (Liverpool, Southampton, and Sheffield United) have already done intrasquad matches.
Newcastle have released some video of the lads taking part in training. Here’s one with an outstanding goal by Valentino Lazaro.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 1, 2020
Here’s another with a stunner by Emil Krafth of all people at the 23-second mark.
? Magpies' head coach Steve Bruce spoke to NUFC TV this afternoon after his #NUFC players were able to resume contact training at the club's Benton base.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 28, 2020