Premier League clubs vote to hold contact training

Phase Two of Project Restart has started as Premier League clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training.

This developed as the BBC reported four more players from three squads have tested positive for coronavirus.

The BBC added that a total of 1,008 players and staff have undergone third round of testing.

As the clubs agreed under Phase Two, players "will train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising unnecessary close contact.’’

In Phase Three of Project Restart, normal training will be implemented as preparation for competitive games.

Teams have started non-contact training last week since the league was stopped last March 13 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters told BBC Sport the league was "as confident as we can be’’ in resuming the 2019-20 season in June.

A total of 92 matches remain to be played.

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