The English Premier League, today agreed to start holding contact training sessions as clubs gear up for Project Restart, after all the clubs voted unanimously to start doing so.
Last week, players resumed training sessions while maintaining the social distancing order.
However, the contact training sessions are to continue only if the clubs “have the appropriate carefully controlled medical conditions in place”.
Contact training is important to Project Restart because it will help give authorities an insight into whether the coronavirus is still spreading or whether it has stopped. And when that is done, it will help give the clubs the confidence boost that it is safe to return to competitive games next month.
Manchester City in contact Training.
The Premier League said in a statement: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.
“Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.
“The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants.
“Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
Champions elect, Liverpool in a contact Training session.
“Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.
“Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.”