Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has opened up on his reservations about the return of the Premier League, with the health of his family members among his primary concerns.
Football, or to be more precise, the distinct lack of it, has dominated the back pages ever since the game ground to a halt in mid-March, with clubs maintaining a desire to complete the remaining 92 Premier League fixtures.
There have been plenty of obstacles along the road back to action, though the final, and potential biggest hurdle remaining looks like being able to get the players on board – the likes of Sergio Aguero, Antonio Rudiger and Danny Rose all airing their concerns in recent weeks.
While ‘phase one’ of the Premier League’s plan to return to training next week involves small groups of socially distanced drills, ‘phase two’ – which is yet to be approved by the authorities – will see the return of full contact, with players being tested at least twice a week as the league aims to keep the footballing environment virus-free.
However, players still have plenty of concerns about a swift return, with Chelsea‘s Tammy Abraham opening up about his worries about contracting the virus, and then passing it on to his more vulnerable family members.
“Everyone can see what’s going on in the world,” Abraham told the Mail. “Everyone wants to come back to football. I love football. It was my first full season at Chelsea, I was having a great season and I would love it to continue.
“The most important thing for me is for everyone to be well and safe, and for things to start opening up. Then, by all means, football can always come back. If it’s safe to do so let’s do it, but if it’s not then we will wait.
“My dad has asthma, so if I was to return to the Premier League and, God forbid, I do catch this disease and bring it home it’s the worst thing possible.
“The last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus.”
All eyes will likely be on the Bundesliga and how they cope following this weekend’s restart.