Premier League stars returning from international duty will undergo immediate coronavirus tests at the AIRPORT in bid to ensure speedy return to training after new protocols were introduced
- Players returning from international duty will undergo immediate covid tests
- Testers will attempt to meet players directly at airports to test them upon return
- Players who are given the all-clear should be able to start training again
Players returning from international duty are to undergo immediate coronavirus tests when they land in England to ensure a speedy return to Premier League action.
Top-flight bosses were worried to learn last week that the League had introduced new Covid-19 protocols for players who have played for their countries, meaning they cannot resume training until they have returned a negative Covid-19 result with Prenetics, the company behind the Premier League’s testing programme.
In a bid to accelerate the process, the League have agreed with clubs that testers will – where possible – attempt to meet players directly at airports to test them, rather than wait until they are back at their training grounds.
Players returning from international duty are to undergo immediate coronavirus tests
Premier League stars will try and meet testers at the airport to ensure the quickest return
With a 24-hour turnaround time, players who are given the all-clear should be able to start training again well before the Premier League resumes.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo sounded the alarm as he watched his squad jet off around the world.
He said: ‘If a player returns on Tuesday or Wednesday and has to wait for the Premier League testing to start, what is he going to do in the meantime? At the moment we are waiting more than 24 hours for the results of the tests.
‘How are the League going to do it? You have African players, European players, players involved with Mexico or USA.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo sounded the alarm as he watched his squad jet off
‘All these things have to be really clear for us so we can prepare well and avoid surprises. If the Premier League say they can’t train before their test results, how is that going to work?’
The new procedure was agreed the most recent Premier League shareholders’ meeting on November 5. The League are believed to have made the decision because the lack of a standardised FIFA testing system makes it difficult to keep track of every national side’s individual programmes.
Premier League players are currently tested once a week, with the results taking at least 24 hours to arrive.
Some clubs would prefer a return to the twice-weekly testing system used in Project Restart, while during the previous international break, many clubs paid for private testing when their players returned.
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