Premier League 'Project Restart' latest: Clubs agree to tackle again at training

Wolves players training

Norwich City's players will soon be returning to full contact training, after Premier League clubs unanimously voted through the next stage of the Return to Training Protocol.

Up until now, all the EPL clubs were indulging in phase one training which started last week meaning the squad members can only work in small groups.

The Bundesliga have shown the way, beginning training two months ago and now currently playing their their round of fixtures since the restart.

Four more people at three English Premier League clubs have produced positive findings for the coronavirus following the latest round of tests, it was announced Wednesday.

The first round of testing saw six positives results from 748 samples and the second was two confirmed COVID-19 cases from 996 samples.


Those conversations will continue on Thursday when the Premier League meets again to discuss wide-ranging issues including a restart date, television scheduling and contingency plans if the season has to be curtailed.

Premier League clubs have unanimously voted to resume contact training as "Project Restart" moves to phase two.

Nuno Espirito Santo's side and Dean Smith's charges are now allowed to "engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact" at Compton and Bodymoor Heath respectively.

The Premier League said it would not reveal specific details regarding clubs or individuals who had returned positive findings. "Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow".

The decision to return to contact training was agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the Professional Football Association (PFA), the League Managers Association (LMA) and the government.

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