Sheffield United defender John Egan says the players could be back in training in “the next two to three weeks”.
The last Premier League fixture was played on March 9, with the competition having been indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Blades were actually the last top flight club to cancel first team training back on March 23. Players were sent home with individual programmes. They have since being having to train from there with the country in lockdown.
However, those lockdown measures are starting to be relaxed slightly. The Arsenal squad returned to training today, although are still implementing social distancing. Players will train in groups of no more than five, for no longer than an hour.
This is ahead of plans to resume the Premier League on June 8. Dubbed ‘Project Restart’, there are hopes the remaining 92 league fixtures can be played in quick succession, behind closed doors, at neutral grounds.
The government supports this initiative and will hold regular meetings with senior medical directors of major sports. The return of sport is seen as a major morale boost for many people in lockdown.
What John Egan says about Sheffield United training
Although they were the last to stop, it is not clear exactly when United could return to training. Yet if lockdown measures are eased, Egan hopes it could be in the very near future.
“It all depends on how this lockdown is going to go,” the Republic of Ireland international told The Score on Cork’s 96fm.
“If the lockdown gets extended for another few weeks, we obviously won’t be allowed in, through government rules.
“We’re down to be back in the next two or three weeks. If things start getting better and the government is happy to ease the lockdown rules, then hopefully we’ll be back in the next two to three weeks.”
The Blades and Egan haven’t played since a 1-0 victory over Norwich City on March 7. That result moved them up to seventh in the table with 43 points from 28 games.
United will be keen to get the season going again, with the newly promoted side in a genuine race for European qualification.