Boris Johnson’s office clears Premier League return plan including Covid-19 tests for players

Early plans over when the Premier League can return have been cleared by Boris Johnson’s office.

The Prime Minister and his team have overseen a framework which could see players back in action before the end of the summer, with plans set to be laid out in a meeting between all 20 clubs on Friday.

League bosses are said to have been in talks with the government for a number of weeks concerning the ongoing spread of Covid-19, and their desire to finish the season now looks more likely than not.

Fixtures are set to take place behind closed doors in order to ensure fans are not at unnecessary risk, but it remains to be seen whether players will be happy to get back to work.

Boris Johnson’s office has been in regular contact with Premier League bosses
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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned earlier this week that professional sport has a better chance of returning than their amateur counterparts – thanks to the resources on offer.

He told the BBC when asked about the return of local sport: ”It will be very difficult because of the level and scale of interaction.

“I think professional sport may be different because of the scale of testing that they would be able to introduce.

“We do want to look when it is safe and responsible to allow more outdoor activities to take place.

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Coronavirus and sport

“But again we have to have the evidence that it is a sure-footed step that does not allow coronavirus to get a grip back on the country.”

The Mirror have now offered an update on how football could return, and what has been discussed by league bosses and the Prime Minister’s office.

Those steps include a phased return to training, beginning with individual sessions, with full contact following at the end of the current month.

Games could then begin in June alongside a comprehensive testing programme paid for by the…