Premier League clubs are aiming to return to training by May 18, as part of the league’s Project Restart proposal.
The target is for each of the teams in the league to begin training in small groups once again in less than two weeks’ time, although it could depend heavily on the government’s announcement regarding lockdown rules on Sunday.
Project Restart also states that all players and staff must be tested twice in the space of a week prior to returning back to their respective club’s training ground, with the Premier League also planning to set up their own drive-through testing centres.
However, the Premier League’s proposals haven’t been met with positive feedback from all, with four doctors responding with questions regarding the safety of the plans. Those questions are set to be answered Monday at the next Premier League shareholders meeting, a day after the government’s pending announcement.
Boxing is one sport that looks unlikely to return for at least the next two months, with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn saying they would not want to put any unnecessary additional pressure on the NHS should they need their services to treat an injured fighter.
The terms of Project Restart state that testing will only be completed if it does not compromise the testing to the country’s key workers and will be paid for privately by the Premier League themselves. Any testing will not take away from any resources for the general public.
The Premier League is committed to finishing the remainder of the 2019/20 season, with 16 teams having just four fixtures left to fulfill and four teams having 10 matches left to play on their schedule.
It is thought that they will need to find 8-10 neutral venues to host games for that to be a possibility, with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority charged with granting safety certificates for any proposals put forward.
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