The Premier League got one step closer to restarting their season as players were officially allowed to do small group training today.
Players from Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea were seen arriving at their respective training facilities. League leaders Liverpool will actually begin their training on Wednesday.
However, clubs such as Wolverhampton, Manchester United and financial fair play violating Manchester City have been conducting individual or limited training since last week.
Premier League statement on resumption of training
On Monday, the Premier League issued the following statement regarding training:
“Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small group training from tomorrow afternoon — the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.
“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.
“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government. Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.
“The health and well-being of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process. Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.”
No timetable for play resuming yet
While players can start training again, no date has been given yet as to when the season will restart.
Reports indicate a mid-June restart is the current target.
Liverpool sit atop the table, 25 points clear of Manchester City.