Capital trio return to training amidst talk of a Premier League return

PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB’S Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United have cautiously welcomed first-team players back on to their respective training grounds with strict social distancing measures remaining in place.

Having sat largely dormant for the best part of two months, London Colney, Hotspur Way and Rush Green have reopened to offer open spaces for the players to work, although access to the main complex building remains out of bounds.

A statement posted on explained;   

From tomorrow (28 April), the Club shall be making a limited number of pitches available at our Training Centre for members of our first-team squad to use for individual running sessions on a strict rotational basis.

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.

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.

All activity will be conducted in line with government guidelines with social distancing maintained at all times and there will be no access permitted to any building on site.

The move come amidst continued speculation of the Premier League potentially returning on June 8 to finish the current campaign by the end of July. 

As well as a welcome return for the players – albeit under very different and challenging circumstances – fans too will receive a boost to see their favourites heading slowly but surely towards a situation altogether more normal. Although even if football is to return, it is expected to be staged in empty stadiums for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Footage of Arsenal training ahead of their UEFA Europa League clash with Olympiacos back in February – Courtesy of The Press Bureau

Brian Jeeves

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