LONDON : Chief Executive Masters admits target date return of June 12 may prove too ambitious.

Premier League Clubs will return to training in small groups from Tuesday after the latest stage of  ''Project Restart'' was approved on Monday.

Clubs unanimously voted to allow players to star socially distanced training in a bid to resume the season next month.

However, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters admitted a target of June 12 may prove to be too ambitious.
''June 12 was a staging post; it wasn't a firm commitment and we don't want to do is continue to move it around,'' said Masters following  a meeting of with the 20 top-flight clubs.

''It really depends on when we can start full contact training and we have a process to go through before we can get to that stage. Of course we've got to be flexible.''

Masters confirmed the results from the first round of testing, conducted on Sunday and Monday, would be back by 2 pm [1300 GMT] on Tuesday. Testing will continue regularly through out the training period.

''Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible,'' a Premier League statement said.

The training protocols were presented to players and managers last week before being rubber-stamped during Monday's video conference call.

The first step requires training to last for no more than 75 minutes for any single player, and with groups of a maximum of five players in each mini-session.

Players will be asked to leave three parking spaces between their vehicle and any other at the training ground, and arrive wearing kit. There will be no access to communal areas such as canteens or physio rooms.

New castle manager Steve Bruce warned on Sunday that his players could fall down like a pack of cards'' with injuries if they are given enough preparation time to get back up to speed before matches restart.

However, he welcomed the first stage of a return to training.

''I must stress that phase one looks as if it's as safe as it can be, I'm sure everyone will be delighted that we're trying to make that effort,'' said Bruce. [AFP]


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