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Man United’s Chris Smalling admits he gets why players are fearful

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has admitted he gets why players are fearful of returning to training in the Premier League as he hailed Roma for their plans to keep stars safe.

The 30-year-old centre back has been on loan at the Serie A outfit from Old Trafford for the 2019-20 campaign and Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte gave football teams permission to continue training in groups last Monday.

Premier League players also returned to small group training sessions this week as ‘Project Restart’ ramped up but concerns have been expressed.

Chris Smalling hailed Roma for their plans to keep stars safe amid the coronavirus pandemic

Chris Smalling hailed Roma for their plans to keep stars safe amid the coronavirus pandemic

Chris Smalling hailed Roma for their plans to keep stars safe amid the coronavirus pandemic

Premier League stepped up 'Project Restart' as stars started training in social-distant groups

Premier League stepped up 'Project Restart' as stars started training in social-distant groups

Premier League stepped up ‘Project Restart’ as stars started training in social-distant groups 

Watford captain Troy Deeney, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and Tottenham full back Danny Rose, on loan at Newcastle, have all outlined worries.

Smalling has empathised with his fellow professionals as he revealed Roma have been clear throughout the whole process of returning to work.

‘We’ve all been at home, isolating, only going out as and when you need to. So to really change things up and start playing sport competitively with other people is going to worry everybody,’ he told The Times.

Watford captain Troy Deeney outlined his concerns and is not currently training with his side

Watford captain Troy Deeney outlined his concerns and is not currently training with his side

Watford captain Troy Deeney outlined his concerns and is not currently training with his side

Danny Rose believes that Premier League players are being treated as lab rats at the moment

Danny Rose believes that Premier League players are being treated as lab rats at the moment

Danny Rose believes that Premier League players are being treated as lab rats at the moment

‘You only want to step back into the training ground when you know all the measures have been taken care of and there’s the regular testing.

‘I can understand everyone’s position if they’ve not got that full clarity. Everybody wants to be as informed as possible. Fortunately, here at Roma, I feel like they have that clarity.’  

Premier League shareholders voted unanimously on Monday in favour of a return to socially distanced training, with players allowed to work together in groups of five in 75-minute sessions from Tuesday. 

Smalling admitted he gets why players are fearful of returning to training in Premier League

Smalling admitted he gets why players are fearful of returning to training in Premier League

Smalling admitted he gets why players are fearful of returning to training in Premier League

To start the week, out of the 746 tests completed, only six came back positive, a total of 0.8 per cent. 

Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and two members of staff recorded positive results in the first tests.

Deeney is not currently training with his side as his five-month-old son has breathing difficulties and he feels going back to work would put him at an increased risk of unnecessary exposure. While Kante is another who has declined a return to training.

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