Premier League clubs can play friendlies before season restart, say reports

Ross Houston
June 3, 2020

The current protocol as part of Project Restart rules that in any case of a Premier League player returning a positive test he would be kept away from group training for a total of 14 days including the seven days of government-advised self-isolation.

Villa are due to resume the season on June 17 against Sheffield United, which is their game in hand, and Mings is eager to get going with Dean Smith's side second bottom.

PGMOL referees and assistants are yet to be tested for COVID-19 so, for now, club coaching staff will referee matches.

This week, clubs have been getting back to contact training in the latest phase of Project Restart and league leaders Liverpool held an 11v11 match at Anfield on Monday to help their players sharpen up. For the fourth round of testing, the number of tests available to each club increased from 50 to 60.

The official statement from the Premier League said: "Premier League Shareholders on Thursday 28 May agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place".

Round 1: 17-18 May - 748 tested, with six testing positive from three clubs.

Round 2: 19-22 May - 996 tested, with two testing positive from two clubs.

A total of 1,130 players and club staff were tested on Thursday and Friday as the competition gears towards a resumption amid the health pandemic, having been suspended since March. In City's case, that look to include just half a dozen league clubs - Peterborough, Cambridge, Stevenage, Southend, Colchester - and Ipswich Town.

City are known to want to play a friendly game before they re-start their Premier League campaign, on the weekend of June 20-21, but it is not known what standard of opposition they favour.

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