A Premier League club's vote to return to training Tuesday was 'unanimous'
So there it is, as it was confirmed this afternoon that Premier League clubs would be able to return to some form of training on Tuesday.
At a video call of the top flight's 20 clubs, it was apparently agreed unanimously that the players would return from tomorrow, in small group training sessions.
That will be the 'first step', with no date yet tabled for a return of the actual football. But it was mentioned last week that most managers will only agree to a return that allows the teams to have 4 weeks training prior to any proposed restart.
A statement from the Premier League read: "Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon, the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.
"Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.
"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.
"The health and well-being of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.
"Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed."