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Report: Returning players would be tested twice weekly for COVID-19

Premier League coronavirus

West Bromwich Albion’s physio Richie Rawlins (left) and Club Doctor Mark Gillett (Photo by Mike Egerton - PA Images via Getty Images)

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A report from Sky Sports says the Premier League’s plan to return to the pitch includes testing players for COVID-19 twice a week.

The tests would all be purchased by the Premier League and would not be taken away from any of the nation’s first responders and medical workers.

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The plan was devised by Premier League medical advisor Mark Gillett in consultation with experts from La Liga and the Bundesliga, and featured input by many club doctors around England’s top flight. According to Sky:

A formal proposal will be presented to clubs during a shareholder meeting on Friday, where they will be asked for their feedback and express any concerns over the plans.

The Premier League targets a return behind closed doors in June and the government has supported a swift resumption, if it is safe to do so.

FIFA’s chief doctor had expressed opposition to returning to soccer earlier this week, but
UEFA’s medical boss spurred optimism with positive comments on Wednesday.

The clock is ticking, as UEFA wants a plan in place before May 25 from leagues across Europe if they plan to try and finish the 2019-20 domestic season.

Gillett is the former medical director of West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest.