The Premier League is increasingly likely to miss their original June 12 target for resuming matches with the clubs expected to push for a Friday date later in the month to restart the season, sources have told ESPN.
A series of meetings will take place this week to determine the timeframe for a return to competitive action as the League steps up plans with the introduction of contact training.
The government published their guidelines for elite sport on Monday morning with talks set to continue over how football can move to “Phase Two” of their training plan while remaining compliant with social distancing measures.
“Close contact training is required to replicate match formations and conditions, so that the sport-specific demands can be placed on the body, mind and senses,” explained a statement on the government’s official website.
“Close contact training develops the sport-specific fitness which is an essential element for player safety and a reduced risk