West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini has been proved right over claims about the return of football.
West Ham’s relegation battle has been on hold since football was shut down back in March due to the global health crisis.
Premier League clubs have been in discussions over Project Restart with plans to resume the season behind closed doors.
There has been uncertainty and much debate about how, when – or indeed if – the season will resume.
Lanzini let the cat out of the bag but some doubted claims
West Ham star Lanzini let the cat out of the bag in a telephone interview with Argentine radio station Closs Continental this week.
The Hammers playmaker made a sensational claim that West Ham players had been told they would return to group training on May 18th ready for the imminent return of Premier League matches.
“Tomorrow we have to do some work because they (West Ham hierarchy) believe that the league will return,” Lanzini told Closs Continental.
“Next week (week commencing May 11th) we would train as fives. And in two weeks (May 18th) the whole group.”
Some fans doubted the West Ham man’s claims.
Report proves West Ham man right, doctors share his concern
But he has been proved right after a Sky Sports report claimed the Premier League is indeed aiming for clubs to return to training on May 18th.
Lanzini also said it would be ‘crazy’ for football to return until there is a vaccine.
And Premier League club doctors share his concern, according to the report.
“The Premier League is targeting a return to training in small groups from May 18, but four club doctors have expressed reservations about the league’s Project Restart proposal,” Sky Sports claim.
“The government is strongly considering allowing clubs to then step up training in early June with a view to playing behind closed doors matches later that month. It follows Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s claim the Premier League’s return would “lift the nation”.
“Project Restart protocols state all players and staff must be tested twice in one week prior to entering the training ground for small group training and the Premier League is looking to organise their own drive-through testing centres, away from club’s training grounds.
“Four doctors have since sent in questions which will be answered at the league’s next shareholders meeting on Monday, a day after the UK government gives an update on lockdown restrictions.”
West Ham conflicted over Prem return?
There have been conflicting messages coming out of West Ham over the resuming the season.
Brady’s null and void comments reportedly got her in hot water with her boss David Sullivan (The Daily Mail) and she later backtracked.
Now Brady has written in her latest column in The Sun that West Ham and the other 19 Premier League clubs are committed to resuming the season.
And she has even laid out West Ham’s phased plan to return to training and matches (The Sun).