Manchester United could return to training within the next six weeks as a number of Premier League clubs have asked their players to target a full training return on June 1 with the season potentially restarting.
Arsenal announced that they will return to training at their London Colney ground from Monday under strict conditions, with only small groups allowed to train together.
According to The Telegraph, the Premier League is “quickening the pace” and intend to resume the league season where it left off at some stage during the coming weeks.
The UK government has urged the Premier League and other sporting competitions to step up planning for a return to action in hope of lifting the national mood during the coronavirus pandemic #mulive [times]
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“The plan to stage weekly meetings was described by a source as a “quickening of the pace” and intended to help sport resume – albeit behind closed doors – “within weeks” if possible”, The Telegraph says.
“Testing, social distancing, hygiene standards and caps on the numbers of people allowed in venues will all be discussed in preparation for current lockdown restrictions being eased – potentially early next month.”
Top flight officials are aiming for a June 8 resumption depending on Government approval, but it remains an unrealistic target with the coronavirus crisis ongoing.
Premier League teams have either nine or 10 matches left to play and UEFA’s provisional plan would see three games a week behind closed doors.
The fact that Serie A teams will be allowed to resume training on May 4 gives further hope that the plans for a May return to training ahead of a June restart are realistic.
Liverpool currently sit top of the Premier League table, 25 points ahead of Manchester City and six points away from sealing the title. Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle for fourth with the relegation battle ongoing with several clubs as well.