Coronavirus: Club-by-club update
Written by Training Ground Guru — March 13, 2020
PROFESSIONAL football in Britain has been suspended until at least April 30th as a result of the spread of coronavirus.
All games in the Premier League, EFL, FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship have been postponed until then. The decision comes after English football chiefs met on Friday (March 13th) to discuss their response to the pandemic, following news that Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for COVID-19.
Below is a guide to what's happening at the training grounds of Premier League and Football League clubs.
ARSENAL closed their London Colney training centre and Hale End Academy as soon as Head Coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12th.
Staff and players self-isolated after this and the two sites have remained closed ever since.
KEEPER Pepe Reina criticised Villa's decision to train after Premier League matches were suspended.
“In England, they told us to be prudent and try to stay at home as much as possible, but we’ve just got the weekend off and have been called in to train on Monday," he said.
The club suspended training a day later, on March 17th.
CRYSTAL PALACE'S training ground has been closed since Friday March 13th, when the Premier League announced the postponement of matches.
Players have been given individual training plans, which Head of Sports Science Scott Guyett explained to us HERE.
SHEFFIELD UNITED became the final club to close their training ground on Monday (March 23rd).
The players turned up at Shirecliffe but were given personalised training programmes and sent home. Wattbikes have also been delivered to their homes.
BRISTOL CITY players and staff are having “a period of individual training” away from the club’s Failand training base.
Players have been issued with tailored programmes, including heart-rate monitors and fitness equipment, to prepare individually ahead of returning to squad training for the resumption of fixtures.