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Premier League clubs are planning for their players to return to training in just TWO WEEKS.

The English top flight is currently suspended indefinitely as the UK continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

A ball hasn’t been kicked in the Premier League since March

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A ball hasn’t been kicked in the Premier League since March

Lockdown measures are in force across the country, which will be reviewed on May 7.

Premier League bosses have said football will only resume when it is ‘safe to do so’, but it is claimed top flight clubs are already making tentative plans for action to return in June, with games played behind closed doors.

And, according to The Sun, several clubs have told their players to be prepared to report back to their training grounds on May 9, as they get ready for a potential return to action.

It is claimed Bournemouth, Burnley, Sheffield United, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all told their players to be ready to get back to work in the coming weeks and a return date pencilled in for May 9.

Other clubs are said to be keeping their plans under wraps.

The Sun have also quoted a source close to a Premier League star, who said: “The players are being told that mid-June is the time to expect football to kick off again.

“And to aim for training to start again in the middle of May – that should give enough time.”

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It is widely expected Premier League games will be staged behind closed doors if the campaign does resume, although there are fears football could be a spectatorless sport until 2021.

All games will therefore be broadcasted on TV or streamed online, and former Palace chairman Simon Jordan has suggested clubs could offer fans ‘digital season tickets’ so they are not left out of pocket.

Speaking on talkSPORT’s Final World, Jordan said: “If indeed we are faced with the situation where it is a spectatorless environment, how does football cope with that?

“Given the fact we live in a digital age and are in a situation now where we can embrace technology, I don’t think it is beyond the wit of man – and, predominantly, 72 Football League clubs – to sit there and say, ‘now is the time we can start to think about digital footprints and stream every single game that we cannot show to fans because our stadiums are empty’.

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Inter Milan and Juventus players were forced to play a match behind closed doors before Italy went into lockdown

“Create a platform where you sell a digital season ticket. Every club has a significant proportion of its fanbase that are season ticket holders, such as the average Championship club having 13,000 season ticket holders and the average League One club that has 5/6,000 season ticket holders.

“You’ve got to find a way to keep them close to club and able to watch the sport, at the same time as monetising the club to meet obligations.

“Streaming, now, is a very simple cost-effective way of doing that.”






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