‘Return to play’ protocols will see players miss up to two weeks of football should they receive a positive test for the coronavirus it has been revealed.
The Premier League is preparing for its long-awaited behind-closed-doors return later this month, with several medical protocols having been put in place to ensure the safety of all players and coaching staff.
Twice weekly mass testing has been conducted at each Premier League side, clubs having now returned to full-contact training following a vote last week, with the league due to restart June 17.
According to the Telegraph, ‘return to play’ protocols could see players miss up to two weeks of football should they test positive for COVID-19.
For asymptomatic cases, a seven day period of self-isolation is required, followed by a return to ‘graded activity’ on day eight – subject to receiving a negative test result.
Meanwhile, for symptomatic cases, there must first be ‘symptom-free’ period of 14 days before any return to group training, meaning that any symptomatic players who receives a positive result later this week are now set to miss the league’s restart.
Players and staff recorded no new positive tests during the latest round of testing on Thursday and Friday. There have so far been 12 people to have tested positive for the virus in the three previous rounds of testing, including Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, though neither player was showing symptoms and have since returned to training.