The coronavirus outbreak has derailed sporting events across the globe.
In England, the 2019/20 Premier League season is in a perilous position.
It no longer looks likely that the campaign will be scrapped and declared void – rejoice, Liverpool fans – but there is still plenty to sort out before it can resume.
Thankfully, it seems those in charge have a solid plan.
According to The Mirror, clubs are ready to roll out coronavirus testing machines as they step up preparations to return.
The technology will be used at training grounds daily to monitor the health of players – and many teams are expecting to be back in training next month.
Some have even told their stars to prepare for a mid-May return, with a mini ‘two or three week’ pre-season to get back up to speed.
After that, there’s hope the Premier League can cram all remaining fixtures into a five-week period, starting as early as June.
Representatives from the league have been regularly meeting with the government to discuss a restart once the national lockdown is lifted.
It’s reported that the most likely scenario is to play games behind closed doors, with Sky and BT airing all games live.
Supporters may not be allowed into stadiums for the rest of the year.
It’s certainly not ideal, but this sounds like one potential way for the Premier League to return as soon as possible.
Of course, plans are always subject to change as the situation develops.
The Premier League’s next meeting comes on Friday, April 17 and they will hope to further discuss a return there.
Their plans mirror now what the EFL are hoping to do. Football League sides hope to return to training on May 16, before completing their season within a 56-day schedule.
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