The Premier League is set to restart on a Friday night next month with Tottenham at home to Manchester United, claims a report.
The original June 12 return date looks likely to come too soon for a return to action after the coronavirus pandemic brought a halt to football in March. Clubs are worried about the lack of contact training and are expected to ask for three weeks to get into shape.
ESPN report that the 20 clubs are “expected to push for a Friday date later in the month to restart the season” in a series of meetings that will take place this week.
It is understood that consultation with players and managers is taking place between now and then.
The Government’s guidelines for contact training have been published, and it is anticipated that clubs will gradually build up the level of contact, from ‘clusters’ of two to three players initially, through larger groups before a return to full team training.
Testing will continue on a twice-weekly basis. The latest round of Covid-19 testing is taking place on Monday and Tuesday, with results expected on Wednesday with a return to action likely on June 19 or June 26.
The report claims “there remains a desire to start on a Friday night and Tottenham’s home game against Manchester United “has been pencilled in as a possible opening fixture”.
There are 92 Premier League fixtures remaining.