THE eagerly awaited return date from the Premier League could be decided this week.
And a successful clash between Manchester United and the Spurs should be the first game after the coronavirus pandemic.
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Players are back at club headquarters before training returns in close contact – coaches have reportedly been recruited to monitor contact levels.
The stars and managers can discuss any remaining concerns regarding phase two of the project restart when they hold separate video calls with the Premier League on Tuesday.
The clubs will decide on Wednesday whether to move on to the next stage of training, which could take place before the end of this week.
Most clubs should support the proposals put forward in the second phase.
Following this, Sky Sports says that the end of the week could see draft proposals for the final parts of the football return plan.
They can include a provisional list of matches, including when the Premier League officially starts again.
Friday June 12 was originally scheduled as the ideal return date, but it should now be a week later on June 19.
While some Premier League clubs even want an extra week to prepare.
One of these could be Watford, whose return plans were thrown into disarray when boss Nigel Pearson admitted that six players were absent from training due to fears for the coronavirus.
Regardless of the date, it looks like Jose Mourinho’s Spurs will host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the first return match.
This clash was originally scheduled for March 15.
It had already been reported that the television companies had been warned of an exceptional restart of football bosses.
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The suggestion was that there would be a live game each Friday and Monday evening.
And the last eight games were to be split equally between Saturday and Sunday, with kick-off times shifted so that each game could be watched live on television.
But, for now, it remains to be seen exactly what structure the game will take.