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Raheem Sterling says ‘weeks’ of training needed before Premier League restart

  • ‘You’d need a full four to five weeks’, says England forward
  • Uefa determined to finish Europa and Champions League

Premier League clubs will attempt to find enough common ground on Monday to agree on a tentative step towards the resumption of the football season even if opinions differ sharply about the length of the road ahead. Raheem Sterling has suggested that even if players’ protection from coronavirus could be guaranteed, the ambition of playing matches in mid-June is fanciful because “you’d need a full four to five weeks” of training to regain fitness after being out of action since early March.

At today’s meeting executives from all 20 clubs will hold a video conference to discuss the ratification of a medical protocol under which players would begin training in small groups subject to social distancing and regular testing for Covid-19. Players returned to their training grounds last week for the first time since the league’s suspension, but only for individual work.

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