Premier League sides push for top-flight season restart
Tottenham Hotspur has re-opened its facilities for players to train individually in preparation for a possible Premier League restart.
English Premier League (EPL) clubs are pushing for a return to action, following the league’s suspension earlier in the year.
There have been no matches played in the top flight since 9 March, as the fixtures were postponed indefinitely in response to the current global pandemic.
Spurs become latest EPL club to join ‘Project Restart’
There is no set date for when the league will return to action, but several clubs have reopened doors to players in the hopes that the campaign will be completed.
London clubs, Arsenal and West Ham, as well as Brighton and Hove Albion were the first to open their facilities for players to train individually, and have now been joined by Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs issued out a statement on Tuesday, outlining the strict social distancing conditions players will be training under.
“No more than one player per pitch will be permitted at any one time to undertake on-pitch exercise, with only a restricted number of the squad coming to the training centre each day,” a Tottenham statement said.
“Each player will travel independently and arrive at the facilities already dressed in training wear before returning home immediately after they have concluded their session.”Tottenham Hotspur
Time running out for Premier League
Key Premier League stakeholders are set to meet on Friday, with one of the items on the agenda expected to be a possible restart, reportedly set for 8 June.
This would require that teams return to full training by 18 May.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) say players should not be put at risk too soon.
“We have reiterated that players are not just footballers but partners, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who share the same health concerns as everyone else during this pandemic,” said PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes. “We have been assured of the intentions of all that there would be no resumption unless guarantees of safety could be given to the players.”Professional Footballers Association
Liverpool have a 25-point gap at the top of the Premier Lague standings, and are in pole position for a first title in 30 years.