Watford striker Troy Deeney says he has refused to return to training amid health fears

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Watford striker Troy Deeney has revealed he has refused to return to training amid fears of risking the health of his five-month old son.

The 31-year-old has been vocal in his concerns about returning too soon following the coronavirus pandemic and doesn’t plan to report for training.

Premier League clubs will return to training on Tuesday (May 19) as talks continue about resuming the season next month.

Deeney, however, has told Watford that he will not be present.

Speaking to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on Talk the Talk YouTube show, the forward said: “We're due back in this week. I've said I'm not going.

“It only takes one to get infected. I don't want to bring that home - my son is five months and he's had breathing difficulties.

“I don't want to put him in more danger. You've got to drive back in the same dirty kit.

“If I'm putting my clothing in with my son's or my missus' it's more likely to be in the house.”

Deeney added: “I've lost my Dad, my Gran, my Grandad... I've more or less everyone that I care about.

“So that, to me, is more important than a few quid in my back pocket.”

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Deeney, who has six league goals for Watford this season, was reportedly one of the more vocal players during a meeting between Premier League officials and captains last week.

“Within the meeting I asked very simple questions," he continued.

“For Black, Asian and mixed ethnicities they are four times more likely to get the illness and twice as likely to have long lasting illness.

“Is there any additional screening? Heart stuff to see if anyone has a problem?

“I just said ‘If you don't know the information, why would I put myself at risk?’”

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