English Premier League (EPL) clubs are set to decide on Wednesday on the proposal for a return to contact training as the league pushes to resume and complete the 2019/20 season.
The season was suspended following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The United Kingdom government on Sunday allowed a return of “close contact” training, including tackling, to help players step up their match fitness ahead of a return to competitive action.
The government’s statement read in part:
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This type of training would start with smaller ‘clusters’ of 2-3 athletes and eventually progress to larger groups of 4-12 athletes, and ultimately full team training.
The EPL was planning to resume the league on the 12th of June but players and coaches have objected to the proposal saying the end of June would be reasonable considering that a long period of time has elapsed since the players were last involved in action.
Meanwhile, clubs returned to training in small and socially distanced groups last week. Sadly, a total of eight coronavirus cases have so far been detected among players and staff from 1 744 tests in the Premier League.
More: Sky Sports