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PHOTOS: Premier League players return to training

Several Premier League clubs returned to small-group training on Tuesday as players arrived in groups of five at separate times.

Clubs unanimously agreed to a return to small-group training from Tuesday, as players and club staff were tested on Sunday and Monday for COVID-19.

The Premier League have released a statement saying that 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday and six positive tests have been confirmed across three clubs.

Those clubs where positive tests have been confirmed will still be able to move forward with small-group training as individuals were tested over the past few days before groups returned to training bases. Those who have tested positive will self-isolate for seven days and their names will not be released.

Premier League CEO Richard Masters has said the possible restart date for games on June 12 is a flexible one and that plans for games to return can only happen as and when the league, clubs, players, the UK government and medical staff agree on how they can restart contact training in larger groups.

Contract training is part of Phase Two of the return to training protocol and Masters revealed it will be discussed by clubs in the next 7-10 days as they aim to try and plan out a date to restart games.

Below is a look at some of the scenes as plenty of teams returned to training grounds for Phase One on Tuesday.


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson leaving Melwood

Premier League players return to training

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson leaves the club’s Melwood training ground after the Premier League announced players can return to training in small groups from Tuesday. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Tottenham winger Erik Lamela (with a new bleached haircut) at Spurs’ training base

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela arrives at the Tottenham training ground in north London on May 19, 2020, as training resumes for the first time since the Premier League was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson happy to be back in training

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Liverpool’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker arrives at Melwood in Liverpool, north west England for a training session on May 19, 2020, as training resumes for the first time since the English Premier League was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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A young Liverpool fan tries to watch training at Melwood

Premier League players return to training

A man holds a child up over a fence to look into Liverpool’s Melwood training ground after the Premier League announced players can return to training in small groups from Tuesday. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian arrives at their Cobham training base

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Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Willian arrives at Chelsea’s Cobham training facility in Stoke D’Abernon, southwest of London on May 19, 2020 as training resumes for the first time since the Premier League was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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