Premier League 'confident but flexible' on June restart

Premier League: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson praises safety protocols in place for training

Premier League: Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson praises safety protocols in place for training

Watford boss Nigel Pearson says that Adrian Mariappa is doing "exceptionally well" despite being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Watford confirmed earlier in the week that defender Adrian Mariappa and two members of staff had tested positive for coronavirus, while captain Troy Deeney had already said he would not return to training because he feared for his family's health.

"When I saw him for the test last week, I was sitting in the vehicle park chatting to players as he came past so I had a chance to touch base with majority", the manager told Sky Sports News. "Ultimately, if you don't feel comfortable or safe, you shouldn't feel forced or pressured to come into work", Henderson added. His family are all okay as well.

'I'm back at work and my circle of contact has gone from five or six to about 50.

"The point about this is there will be people who have the virus and who shake it off easily and some who are more susceptible".

'One player through testing positive, two more because they've been in close contact with somebody else - even though their own tests came back negative - and we have the players who decided not to come in.

"I feel very comfortable with all the measures that the Premier League and the club have put in place, along with my team-mates", Henderson told Sky Sports on Thursday.

"We've all been tested again and hopefully they'll be no further positive tests, that's what we all hope", he said.

"We have done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible".

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"We are still very much involved in a relegation battle and we can't drive the political vehicle that's ploughing ahead".

But Masters admitted the Premier League will not approve that step until it is safe. It's no longer safe for my dad to be living with us. Am I at greater risk by coming back to work?

"That's really the priority - but not at the expense of people's well-being for sure".

English football was halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic but clubs can train in small groups as part of the Premier League's "Project Restart", which envisages a return to play in June.

For now, he believed the June 12 targeted return of the league was too soon, and preferred it to be late June. "Personally I follow the news through the media because nothing has been official for the moment".

"I'm not sure, I don't have any information but I think we are not going to start June 12".

The Premier League is "as confident as we can be" about England's top-flight football league restarting in June, its chief executive Richard Masters was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday.

The aim is to be playing again within four weeks.

"The most obvious choice for me is the end of June".

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