Premier League’s proposed June 12 restart date labelled “impossible”
- Updated: May 23, 2020
Watford defender Christian Kabasele does not think the Premier League’s proposed return date of June 12 is realistic, and believes the end of next month is a more likely start date.
Teams returned to small group training this week as part of Project Restart’s phase one, and there is growing optimism from some that the Premier League will soon be able to follow in the footsteps of the Bundesliga and play matches behind closed doors.
But some players, such as Kabasele’s teammate Troy Deeney, have opposed such a quick return while coronavirus is still rife, and speaking on the Counter Attack podcast Kabasele urged for caution.
“Nothing has been confirmed yet,” he said. “Personally I follow the news through the media because nothing has been official for the moment.
“We (see) speak about June 12. I think it is impossible because it would be less than three weeks training after a long period without doing anything, it’s a risk for us.
“I’m not sure, I don’t have any information but I think we are not going to start June 12. The most obvious choice for me is the end of June. Like this you have at least four weeks to train with the team if it’s possible.
Watford are currently without six players after Adrian Mariappa tested positive for Covid-19, with two others self-isolating and three, including Deeney, opting not to return to training.
Kabasele added: “The club has been very clear, really clear with that – every individual player is making his own choice.
“They are not putting pressure on us to say ‘you have to be back’. It’s about the player, the player’s feelings and every personal situation.
“For the moment, they came to us with phase one and personally I was quite happy with what they present to us, so we will see what they are planning for phase two and phase three.
“If it was starting tomorrow training 11 v 11 with contact, with everybody at the training ground, I would not go that’s for sure.
“But with phase one, personally I think everything is put in place and they have tried to make the training ground as safe as possible.”