Watford midfielder Tom Cleverly has shown optimism about Project Restart but at the same time has warned about future hazards.
As per Cleverly, he is not too worried about resuming training since every possible safety measure is being taken care off but the former Manchester United midfielder has warned that the next phases of training could force a complete rollback.
“I was one of the players more comfortable with returning and now I have seen how phase one is working I feel even more comfortable. It’s well organised and it’s safe.” he said, as per the Watford Observer.
“There have been a couple of players who have had doubts, and that’s fine, but I can only be positive about it. If we are going to save ourselves on the pitch we are going to need a no-excuses mentality.
“What would I tell Troy? I would say that so far in training I have come into contact with as many people as I would visiting the supermarket or going for a morning jog round my estate. I would talk him through the details, that’s all, though I appreciate we have not started contact training yet.
“That looks like it might be a pivotal moment. Any increase in positive tests during phase two would probably put the whole thing in jeopardy.”
Could Project Restart be rolled back?
During the first round of testing, six people had tested positive and now the Premier League authorities have revealed that in the second round two more people have tested positive.
A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs.
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the league and results will be made public after each round of testing.”
These are clearly not massive numbers and the PL should not have any problems dealing with it but if the cases see a massive spike after contact training resume then the management, as well as the clubs, will have no other option but to roll back Project Restart which will most seemingly end the 2019-20 season.