Premier League's 'Project Restart' received a boost on Monday as clubs agreed to small group training starting from May 19th. All this can happen, of course, as long as players provide a first-round of COVID-19 testing that shows negative. In addition, training guidelines will look very different as it includes continuous disinfecting of equipment, no tackling or spitting, and maintaining social distancing at all times.
This is step one of the return to training protocols as the league hopes to kick off matches from mid-June. At the meeting, shareholders acknowledge that as more steps come into place, guidelines become trickier to figure out, and there is no certainty yet that action will return. The biggest obstacle, in fact, is with the players themselves as protocols towards their safety are still yet to be accepted by many professionals. Still, this is another sign that maybe, just maybe, the Premier League could come back next month.