Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar says that the manner in which clubs have returned to training feels like when he was a child.
Premier League clubs have been back in training for a few weeks ahead of their return to competitive action, but the conditions have been different to what they are used to.
In order to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, players have not been allowed to use the changing rooms at their training grounds, for example.
Schar, who has made 18 appearances in the Premier League for Newcastle this season, is relieved to have been able to resume training with his teammates, despite how things have changed.
“I feel like the time when I was maybe 12 or 13,” he told Sky Sports.
“You change your clothes at home, you go to training, take your waters, go to the pitch, train and go straight home.
“It’s a little bit weird but the most important [thing] for me is that we are back [in] training. I missed the lads and the feeling of training, of contact with my teammates.
“Of course, it’s not the same, there’s actually no dressing room at the minute, which is very important also in football, but we have to take what we can get.”
Newcastle‘s first game back in the Premier League will see them face Sheffield United behind closed doors at home on Sunday 21st June, as Steve Bruce’s side will look to continue the three-game unbeaten run they had begun before the league was halted in March.