English Premier League clubs are set to return to training soon as the league plots June resumption.
League action was suspended on March 13th following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, but measures have been put in place to ensure the return as they aim to finish the remaining matches.
The teams will, however, be forced to adhere to strict guidelines aimed at ensuring the safety of the players as they return to training.
In a move aimed at strictly observing the social distance rule, tackling during training is set to be banned, and players will be training in a group of five, maximum.
The pitches will also be disinfected thoroughly after each session, same to all other training equipment including the balls, cones, and goalposts.
Training is expected to begin on Monday, with Premier League bosses hoping it can also be limited to only 75 minutes.
There are other safety measures that have been floated for debate, including testing the players twice every week.
Some players have already raised their concerns over the impending return, saying it should only be allowed to happen under a safe environment.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was the first to air his reservations, saying he was unsure it was a good idea to return at the moment.
“Until then, I’m…how can I say…not scared but reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be. At the same time, I’m looking forward to it and I really want to get back but hopefully, it will all be well when we do get back.”
His England counterpart Danny Rose too weighed in, saying they should not be back for only footballing reasons while the number of deaths was still high.