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  After clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training, the Premier League has moved a step closer to restarting fixtures as coronavirus restrictions are eased, Players will now be asked to train as a group, with the move allowing them to tackle each other again while minimizing any unnecessary close contact. A statement issued by the league said: “The Premier League’s priority is the health and well being of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week”. Clubs are now working towards a return to fixtures on 19 June, with matches taking place behind closed doors. According to the statement, discussions were ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow”. Two of 996 players and club staff tested for positive for coronavirus last week. A total of eight positive results including Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan. No matches have been played in the Premier League since March but The vote on Wednesday is a big step towards the completion of the 92 remaining fixtures. Watford striker Troy Deeney said last week he would not return immediately to training because he fears for the health of his five-month old son who has breathing difficulties. The Premier League already said it will support a trophy presentation for whoever is crowned champions if it is safe to do so. Liverpool are edging closer to the title.

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