The Premier League have been working on training protocols for players and coaching staff and this is a key week in deciding if group training can resume on May 18.
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Meetings with players and managers will take place to see how comfortable they are with the new protocols, as the plan is to essentially make Premier League training grounds the safest places in England.
The UK government have been involved in the talks and designing the plan along with chief medical officers at the Premie League, as training protocols for elite athletes have been released by the government.
All PL players will be tested twice a week and before they even begin training they will have a medical to check for any underlying respiratory or cardiac issues and a COVID-19 test 48 hours before training. Any players returning to England from overseas will not be allowed into the training ground for 14 days.
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With multiple star players such as Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Danny Rose and Glenn Murray speaking out about safety concerns, there is still a long road ahead before Premier League players agree to a return.
Here are some of the key points from the training protocol:
- Players will drive to training in their kit, alone in their cars.
- Their temperature will be checked at the entrance to the training ground.
- They will park in a designated space, three spaces away from anyone else.
- There will be no food at the training ground.
- They will train in a group of five for a maximum of 75 minutes.
- They will be encouraged to wear a mask or snood.
- No tackling or spitting will be permitted.
- Everything will be disinfected, including the ball, pitch, goalposts, cones, and other training equipment.
- Players must maintain social distancing at all times.
- If players are injured, they will be treated by a physio wearing PPE, which at minimum must include a mask, gloves and an apron.
- After training, players will drive straight home.