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Premier League Cannot Resume Before End Of June – Newcastle Boss

 

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has warned players will not be fit enough to resume the Premier League season until the end of June.

Bruce has joined Watford counterpart Nigel Pearson in voicing concerns about Project Restart and a targeted return date in mid-June, ahead of Monday’s expected vote on a return to training in small groups with social distancing.

Troy Deeney and Glenn Murray publicly pleading for football in England not to be rushed back too soon, while on loan Newcastle defender Danny Rose has raised his concerns over returning to action.

UEFA are hopeful major European league can finish by the end of July but should the Premier League not resume until late June it would be difficult to complete the remaining 92 league games in time.

Newcastle sit 13th and eight points above the relegation zone in the Premier League
Newcastle sit 13th and eight points above the relegation zone in the Premier League

“We’ve listened to what has been said and, with the precautions taken, we will get back to work and start phase one,” Bruce told The Telegraph.

“Can we get to that stage where we can have all the players on the pitch together? We don’t know yet.

“Phase one will be mainly fitness work, four or five players on a pitch. Let’s see how we get on [and hope there are no infections].”

Former England internationals Paul Robinson and Matthew Upson believe Premier League players may be under too much pressure to return to action
The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic and Bruce says there are widespread concerns from managers over how quickly players are expected to find recover full fitness.

He added: “We need enough preparation time to get these players into shape or they are just going to fall down like a pack of cards.

“Most of the managers have the same concerns. We would need at least six weeks. I don’t see how we can play games until the back end of June.”

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard says he has been making plans for a possible resumption of training next week
Bruce revealed his squad are due to undergo testing on Sunday and should the results all come back negative then the side will return to training following their two-month break on Tuesday.

A meeting of Premier League captains was held last Wednesday and Bruce says his squad are relaxed about a return to training but he insisted players deserve respect should they opt to stay at home.

Bruce said: “If a player refuses to come in or play, I have sympathy for that and would understand it. Most of my players are happy with it.

“There was a captain’s meeting the other day as well and as a squad they are happy with the measures that are being put in place. You have to respect everybody’s personal views on it.”

Source: Skysports

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