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UK Government publish latest advice on Premier League training

Premier League clubs have been given the green light to resume full-contact training again.

This came in the form of new UK government guidelines published on Monday, which allows sports teams to train in large groups.

The advice encourages beginning with “clusters” of two or three athletes, before moving onto larger groups of between four and 12 and, eventually, full-team training.

This guidance is reported to be a subject for discussion by the Premier League on Wednesday.

The update comes as part of the government’s phase two of easing lockdown measures.

“Stage Two training can be described as the resumption of close-contact [interaction within the two-metre social-distancing boundary] training where pairs, small groups and/or teams will be able to interact in much closer contact [e.g. close quarters coaching, combat sports sparring, teams sports tackling, technical equipment sharing, etc]. The progression of training into Stage Two is vital to prepare fully for the return of competitive sporting fixtures in many sports. Close-contact training is required to replicate match formations and conditions, so that the sport-specific demands can be placed on the body, mind and senses. Close-contact training develops the sport-specific fitness which is an essential element for player safety and a reduced risk of injury during competition. It is anticipated that engaging in this type of training would start with smaller ‘clusters’ of 2-3 athletes and eventually progress to larger groups of 4-12 athletes, and ultimately full-team training, without social distancing possible at all times. Under Stage Two conditions, as per Stage One, social distancing will continue to be the expectation at all other times aside from technical training.” – Government advice

The news comes after another round of coronavirus tests were undertaken last week.

Between Tuesday and Friday, a further 996 players and club staff were tested, with just two returning positive results.

One of these was revealed to be an unnamed Bournemouth player, while the other was on the playing staff at another unidentified Premier League club.

Both of these individuals are now self-isolating for seven days.

“Following strict adherence to the Premier League’s return to training regulations, the club’s training ground remains a safe working environment for players and backroom staff, who will continue to be tested for Covid-19 twice per week.” – Bournemouth statement

That brings the total of positive tests up to eight after six cases were confirmed from the previous batch of 748 tests carried out last week.

While most of these were kept anonymous, it was revealed that one of these was Watford defender Adrian Mariappa (£4.2m), while two members of the club staff were also among that number.

As the absence of the Premier League continues, the organisation’s chief executive Richard Masters remains “confident” the restart will take place in June.

“There is some momentum. We’ve taken the first step. It’s great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.” – Richard Masters

Meanwhile, there are still questions over unanimity among players about the right time to resume training and competitive Premier League action.

Troy Deeney (£6.2m) did not train with his Watford team-mates last week in light of concerns for his five-month-old son, who suffers from breathing problems.

Furthermore, N’Golo Kante (£5.0m) has been given permission to miss Chelsea training amid fears over coronavirus, the player reportedly open to missing the remainder of the 2019/20 season if it does resume this summer.

However, there have been a number of players who were previously unlikely to make appearances again this season, making training returns.

Marcus Rashford (£8.8m), Harry Kane (£10.8m), Steven Bergwijn (£7.4m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) were among the names who have been training last few days following previously long-term injuries.

Tammy Abraham (£7.5m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.2m) and Christian Pulisic (£6.9m) were spotted at Chelsea’s training ground too, all of whom were either injured or lacking in match-fitness when the Premier League was suspended.

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  1. Sarri, not Sarri
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Spurs coming out better on paper consider the amount of injuries they had piling up.

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      They suck though

  2. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Can we all do contact training or just professional footballers?

    Who's signing me to a contract?

  3. Feanor
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    My 2nd week in Bundesliga fantasy went a lot better. Watching the games without crowds doesn’t bother me, either.

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yep. The few shouts in the crowd help.

  4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    If FPL are going to fire the Gameweek-machine back up again - a free wildcard for everybody in the audience makes a lot of sense

    Neatly deals with the issue of unanimity pointed out above where some players are coming back & some aren't etc

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Not just because it affects me, but I think that is quite unfair on the people who saved theirs.

      People who already used their second one get a third bite of the cherry, whilst they've had 9 GWs worth of free transfers to ter their team.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        That's the other way look at it for sure - and it would be consistent with their last statement (that retained chips would be kept available to those that had them)

        Its definitely a possibility - depends on how "Black Swan" they deem this whole Coronavirus situation to be

        The previous Free Wildcard was only handed out t o make up for FPL's own error in the site breaking down, rather than any Act of God type scenario

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          *and obviously depends on whether they're even entertaining the notion of the FPL season continuing

          Maybe its already over, who knows

      2. Top Mark.S
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What if I used mine the week before the games stopped, trying to take advantage of fixtures that are going to be completely rearranged? Is that fair?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          That's not important in this case. Those who used it in GW21 are the same as those who used it in GW29.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Yes, exactly.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I was being sarcastic. You'd have a different view had you used your WC. The past 9 GWs worth of free transfers means little with no games being played. You still have an extra WC over the rest.

              1. FPL Virgin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                This is nonsense.

                To say they mean little is just plain wrong.

                The last 9 gameweeks have been very useful ... which is why you took full advantage of them.

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  *the last 9 gameweeks of transfers.

                2. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I only burnt 3 FTs so full advantage? My GW38 team could be useless if FPL resumes and fixtures go against it + players in my team don't want to play. Same could be said of your team, would you use your WC straight away if it was?

                3. Top Mark.S
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Surely 9 gameweeks of free transfers makes the wildcard redundant and wasted?

                4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  All it takes is a “Salah, Bruno, TAA & Jimenez in self-isolation with positive Covid19 tests” headline on the eve of GW39 (If indeed there is to be a GW39) to render even the most proactive of slow Wildcards redundant

                  A free WC *kind of* helps folks deal with that type of thing before the restart - but no idea where FPL’s heads are at with regards all this - really hope they haven’t canned it until next season

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I would argue that wasn't a wise decision given what was going on in Asia & Europe at the time. Fairly sure other leagues were already being halted. We weren't in a closed bubble.

          Loads of people did similar things, including Free Hits for the DGW which became a SGW. Fairly sure those Free Hits will not be reset.

          1. Top Mark.S
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            You are so wise oh captain hindsight

      3. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Not that fussed as a current WC and BB holder. Any extra WCs given out will just give current chip holders a chance to use their held WC later on.

        Im more worried about an initial DGW or just a 2 fixture opening GW, which would suit those with a held FH chip.

      4. Rhinos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        fpl towers don't care what's fair and none if this fair anyway, not like it's nore skilful tp save your wildcard

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Give those still with a WC a highest points player auto captain. If it's their chosen captain then make him TC that first week of their third wildcard.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        How much does an extra WC help those who used their free transfers?

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          A bit. But with only 9 GWs, bar 10 for 4 teams, it's better to have a wildcard to plan with than someone who pulled their second WC in early January trying to plan until season end. It's a fair point on giving an extra WC that some players, however few, might not be available. Sure there's loads of permutations. Maybe give everyone an extra WC, then anyone with their 2nd WC saved have an choice between using it as a WC or second free hit. Let's wait and see but agreed everyone who used their 2nd WC should get a third, just think it slightly diminishes the value of a saved wildcard with so few games left.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Would be a GW39 WC only, not a season one so not much should change from your GW38 team unless it's needed due to fixtures/players not playing. 3rd WC is mainly used for BB so not much change there.

      2. Rhinos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        lol. Dunno why you think you deserve sonething for holding onto it

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Sure isn't that the point of holding chips until later in the season?

          1. Rhinos
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            no it's just one way to play the game, i used my free hit the week covid killed the league, cost me 6 players and a captain. Won't get anything back there's a lot of random luck in fpl

            1. GreennRed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              100% there are loads of way to play. You're a shark at it, I get thick if it's not going my way! I should be trying to do the best in short blocks and getting players in for specific games from early season rather than relying on some chips at the end to improve the OR. The VPL has me trying other ways but I think the short time between games and no price changes or inter-game injuries, makes it easier.

              1. Rhinos
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                it's easier coz no price changes and also the big hitters seem to be fairly consistent

    3. The Mandalorian
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      FPL towers will probably please the masses, so a free WC would make sense.

  5. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Calvert-Lewin is still scoring and Salah was more clinical than normal in this virtual fpl friendlies.

    Everton - Liverpool
    2-7
    Goals: 5*Salah, Mané, Wijnaldum, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson
    Assists: 4*Mané, TAA, Lovren, Keane, Walcott

    Mané: 11, Salah: 10, Alexander-Arnold: 6, Robertson: 5, Firmino: 5, Coleman: 4

    30 points for Salah and 21 for Mané. 7 points for Calvert-Lewin.

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      What’s this?

      1. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A virtual pl manager as the fpl stats looked when the season ended - and now the game has developed the players further

        https://twitter.com/fplvirtual

        https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/04/10/sign-up-now-as-new-fantasy-management-game-virtual-fpl-launches-this-weekend/

  6. Pulisick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Best midfielder for 7.8 or under in BL fantasy?

  7. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Afternoon all, been a long while! Hope you’re all well and healthy.

    Have completely disregarded all things FPL since football stopped, really. Team looks just as it did when things ended 😆 not sure what to make of that. No idea how things will pan out of the league starts up again

  8. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Lads, do any of ye, outside Ireland, watch Normal People?

    1. The Mandalorian
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yes watching episode 8 now. Great show. Along with killing eve it's my fav on the BBC right now.

      1. GreennRed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        https://www.thesun.ie/sport/gaa-football/5378783/normal-peoples-paul-mescal-rte-gaa-kildare-minor/

        Glad your enjoying it. Paul Mescal was a highly rated Gaelic footballer here, one of our national sports. Part of the reason why the book has the main character playing soccer, but director Lenny Abrahams on changed it to gaelic in the TV series. There's a bit of a holy Joe furore here over the sex scenes.

        1. UnitedFan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I'm Irish and I haven't watched it yet :wow:

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I saw some it. A bit slow paced. Daisy Edgar Jones is gorgeous.

            1. The Mandalorian
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Thanks Greenfred. I'm watching it on Iplayer and just fast forward the sex scenes, seen it all before 🙂

              1. The Mandalorian
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                *Greennred

            2. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Definitely slow paced, but that probably adds to its Irishness and charm, and particularly suits Connell's character.

  9. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I'm not a conservative supporter and I'm certainly not pro-brexit, but Dominic Cummings's explanation about what happened seemed perfectly reasonable to me.

    1. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      yeah totally agree i mean who hasn't done a 30mile drive to test whether they can see or not and just to make sure they focus bring the lfamily along too. What if he'd run over a badger?

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        The virus makes you feel ropey. I wouldn't be comfortable driving 260 miles with a small child if I wasn't 100%. A test drive seems sensible especially if your vision had been affected when you had been ill.

        1. Rhinos
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I wouldnt feel comfortable leaving the house if I wasnt 100% but then again I'm not an elitist **** who thinks he's above the law

          1. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            I think you need to watch the whole press conference in its entirety. Ignore the hyperbole in the tabloids and listen to the details of what actually happened.

            1. Rhinos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              i have listened to it, you get more truth out of a eddie howe team news update

              1. GreennRed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Eddie is sound. He just looks a but uncomfortable sometimes.....

                1. FPL Virgin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Eddie lies. It's a fact and it's undisputable.

                  1. GreennRed
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I know. It's just that he's very bad it. Looks like he's dying for a shi+e in some press conferences.

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          If he wasn't sure he'd be comfortable driving a small child 260 miles, why did he do the test run with the child also in the car?

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            The child couldn't drive him, presumably.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              😆

          2. FPL Virgin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            It's a horrible feeling being on a long drive when you suddenly come down with illness. I don't think many people would risk it without doing a fairly robust test first. Especially when your whole world is in the car with you.

            1. Mikeharbrw
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Yeah, i know what you mean. I juggle chainsaws and after I've been under the weather I always like to practice with 2 or 3 people in close proximity so I can gauge whether im up to speed again or not.

              1. GreennRed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                As long as you don't start the chainsaws that's OK. Unless your that chainsaw massacre fella, a skilled chainsawer, then you can do what you want.

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Should have done a robust virtual test drive at home.

            3. Rhinos
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              so how is half hour drive test robust then? Cumulative affect if ilness will increase over time

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Lol

    3. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      As with most things in life there’s probably a little bit of both sides.

      I can believe it was suggested that before driving the 260 mile trip home it was a good idea to do a short drive first. But it’s very convenient it was to a local beauty spot and he ‘felt a bit sick’ so stopped off by the river for a quick walk to recover.

      Either way, I don’t think he should have been there in the first place.

    4. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      The fact some people are accepting his "reasonable" explanation shows just what a genius he is. 😀

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Media were like pigeons chasing a guy for bread crumbs

      1. Simmering Marv'
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yet not one of them asked if his wife can drive.

    6. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I listened to talk radio shows today at work from here in Ireland and the UK.

      Most of what they were talking about was this Dominic Cummings chap and i thought to myself that things must finally be returning to normal as the media are getting back into political assassination mode going hard with this non story.

      Seen a clip of a pack of media hyenas outside this mans house as he was heading out in the morning.It was the worst of the worst of the English gutter press and he acted very cool under the circumstances,certainly a

      I understand he was worried about the safety of his kid and wanted to get him out of London which was perfectly reasonable considering Cummings has a big target painted on his back by the likes of the media and the twitteratti.

      1. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Let he that has not sinned during this lockdown cast the first stone as i know i have and nobody especially those media guys is holier than thou.

        Sorry btw for hitting the post button before my rant was over Virg. 😉

        1. DOG GOD IT - KEANE 15
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Reasonable explanation or not, thing is if somebody considered 'elite' doesn't follow the government's instructions / laws, then the common people are also going to say 'why do we need to?'

          I'm sure everybody will have a good reason and explanation when they start driving their families to some scenic spots or the beach.

          Nobody should be above the law.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Yeah if we’re going to make a visit to Clichè-Land to normalise Cumming’s behaviour let’s at least get the right clichè...

            It’s much less “Let he without sin” and much more “Do as we say, not as we do”

    7. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Do you also think Doris is doing a good job?

      1. Klaren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        No idea who Doris is but Boris is certainly doing a good job.

        1. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Hello Mrs Johnson

  10. HamezMace
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Any know the story with the Middlesbrough forwards in fantasy championship manager.

    Boskic, Whelan and Ricard all seem to have played similar minutes, I need one of the latter two ideally, any recommendations?

  11. GreennRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    We have Virtual FPL, now we can Virtually applaud 🙂

    https://hack-care.de/myapplause-app/

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I hope it is not serious

    2. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Not terminal, just a dose of the clap.

  12. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    WSL over, all hundred fans beside themselves.

  13. The Mandalorian
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    In vfpl Kane returns soon will his form start up straight away or take a while like in reality.

  14. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    So Boris announces that the next level on 1st June is a goer as planned. Markets, shops, schools, football.... oh wait.

    He has announced things that can start again up to 15th June and not even s mention for sport