“Most of the managers have the same concerns,” Bruce said. “We would need at least six weeks.
“We need enough preparation time to get these players into shape or they are just going to fall down like a pack of cards.”
They were concerns which were echoed by Manchester City star Sterling.
“You’d need a full four to five weeks, especially if you’re going to go back into competition, when you’re literally paid to win and it’s going to count for something,” he said.
Consequently, the Premier League are backing further away from a potential June 12 restart, claiming it was never mentioned as a formal target. June 26 now seems much more likely, given those concerns over training requirements.
Until players are back on training grounds, however, Project Restart has gotten nowhere.
Initially, with the appropriate ‘Yes’ vote, the formal protocol for one-to-one training with coaches kicks in formally.
A handful of players could be accommodated on each pitch with all social distancing precautions will be taken.