The English Premier League continues to try and plan for a return to action to complete the 2019-2020 season. The latest plan is called Project Restart and calls for a June 8th return to action behind closed doors, according to the BBC.
The EPL has been suspended sine March 13th because of the coronavirus pandemic and the league has been working with the government to figure out a restart time. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons he’s been in talks with the EPL about restarting the league.
“I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community,” Dowden said during a parliamentary questions session for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Multiple reports have the league looking at finishing the season by approximately July 27th, which would require full training to begin by May 18th. The BBC is reporting Arsenal, Brighton and West Ham have opened their training grounds to players for individual work on Monday. Rules require only one player be on the pitch at a given time, each player will travel independently to the training ground, and there is a restriction on the total number of players who can be at the training ground at the same time.
The EPL has 92 matches remaining with Liverpool in control at the top of the standings with 82 points. Norwich City, Aston Villa, and Bournemouth are in the three relegation battle at the bottom of the standings with Watford, West Ham United, and Brighton and Hove Albion are also in the mix for relegation.