‘No tackling allowed!’ Premier League training sessions set to restart

Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow.

The news comes a day after football in Germany restarted following a two-month break due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Teams will be able to train at their respective facilities while maintaining social distancing, although tackling or any form of contact training is not permitted.

“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted,” said a statement on the Premier League website.

“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government. 

“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus at the beginning of March, which led to the match against Brighton being postponed before all matches in England were suspended.

The Gunners became the first team to return to “full training” at the end of April with strict social distancing measures in place.

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