Premier League ‘send out restart schedule to clubs’ as they look to resume full training in three weeks but football’s return could be scuppered by government with lockdown set to be extended
- Premier League have given out proposed timetable for return to action to clubs
- They have scheduled a return to full training for May 18 with games from June 8
- Plans will be discussed individually with clubs ahead of shareholders conference
- But Boris Johnson is expected to extend lockdown which could impact decision
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Key details from ‘Project Restart’ have emerged with the Premier League planning for a return to action on June 8.
They are informing clubs of the details included in their timetable for the coming weeks in the hope that the coronavirus crisis subdues.
The schedule has earmarked May 18 as the date for players to be able to be back in full training and June 8 for the first games back, according to the Telegraph, but those plans could be dashed as Boris Johnson is set to extend the lockdown until June.
The Premier League will consult all 20 clubs before the shareholders conference on Friday and their timetable must be given approval by the government.
Their schedule is based on the government’s May 7 announcement on the lockdown informing the public that an easing of restrictions will take place.
The following weekend (May 9-10) would see all Premier League players tested for Covid-19 and then they could begin working in small groups again for the first time on Monday, May 11.
They would then be allowed to return to full training sessions on May 18 with a view to the first game taking place on June 8.
But there is no guarantee that will be the case and the Prime Minister is understood to be working out an ‘exit strategy’ for June with Cabinet, ruining hopes of an early exit from the restrictions.
Ministers fear that second spike in coronavirus cases would be crippling so the government are cautious about relaxing measures.
It remains to be seen whether this will scupper the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ timetable.
Some sides already have players back at their training bases working in isolation, such as Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham.
And they are desperate for the next step which would be work as a team and an end to social distancing protocols.
In addition to the staggered timetable, safeguards would be put in place such as mandatory PPE for staff and players having to wear protective gear at all times.
The specifics of the strategy have been delivered by Andy O’Boyle, the Premier League’s head of elite performance.