Premier League players who do not want to return to training will speak to their captains in the next 24 hours before deciding whether to go back to work next week.
After two months at home, many players want to go back to work but some think it is too soon to be thinking about playing again when thousands of people are dying every week.
Premier League captains held a meeting with the Premier League and medical experts this afternoon to talk through the protocols which will be in place to make sure training is as safe as possible.
Premier League clubs could start training again next Tuesday if the proposals are backed by players and managers and approved by the government and Public Health England.
A final decision will be made at the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting on Monday, and resuming training in tightly-controlled circumstances is seen as a first step towards the season restarting in the middle of next month.
The captains who took part in today’s two-hour meeting will now speak to the players at their clubs about the measures that have been put in place to make their training grounds as safe as possible.
Many players have concerns about their health and safety and the wellbeing of their families, and they have been told that no one will be forced to return to work.
“Some of our players don’t want to come back but the majority will,” one senior executive at a Premier League club said. “They’re going to play again in Germany so there’s no reason why we can’t try to as well.”