The Premier League, on Tuesday, will try to convince managers and captains of the safety of contact training before voting is done on those plans ahead of phase two of Project Restart on Wednesday.
If they succeed, squads will return to full training on Thursday. It can be recalled that player safety concerns have been raised by various quarters, although there has been a shift in recent days.
The government on Monday approved plans that permitted close contact for elite athletes when training. It appears that more hurdles against the resumption of the Premier League are being crossed with the set date of June 12th still being targeted.
The discussion scheduled for Tuesday will focus on the latest research and will involve a white paper by STATSports, the company contracted with making GPS vests for Premier League clubs. It will also focus on Friday’s meeting on the risk of a restart for BAME players.
Watford captain Troy Deeney who has been very vocal about the safety concerns of players was present at the meeting and stated that the meeting was informative and productive. Ian Wright, a member of the advisory group had a similar opinion.
“Friday’s session was very positive, it wasn’t the only thing discussed but it was the focus of the session. It’s rightfully being taken very seriously.
“We know that people from ethnic minority backgrounds are disproportionately affected by this virus. There were good reassurances presented on the playing side but also for what things need to look like away from the pitch.
“Professor Van Tam was able to explain the data and science in a way that made sense for us. Each player must still make the decision for themselves but the information presented, level of detail and expertise on the call should help them to do that.
“The next step is obviously to make sure this is communicated properly to the players and their families. We need to take this step by step.”