Dani Ceballos has suggested the Premier League will restart on June 20th as the talks over the resumption of the suspended season continue.
England’s top tier has been suspended since mid-March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with authorities having held discussions over a safe return for the Premier League behind-closed-doors.
Germany’s Bundesliga became the first of Europe’s major leagues to return last weekend, whilst the Premier League and Spain’s La Liga have targeted June 12 as a date to resume their respective fixtures.
Arsenal midfielder Ceballos has now suggested that English football’s return – as widely expected – is likely to be delayed by a further week, however, suggesting the league will return on June 20th, with teams not yet permitted to engage in full contact training.
“We are going to start a week late with respect to what is being talked about in Spain, which is June 12, and we are going to start the league on the 20th,” Ceballos told RTVE.
“48 hours ago we passed the tests and the truth is that the entire team have given a negative result.”
Premier League sides returned to training in small groups this week as preparations for returning to action continued, with mass testing for Covid-19 conducted on players and staff at each club twice a week, the first round of test producing six positive results, three from Watford, one from Burnley, and two from a so-far unnamed club.