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Football Return Edges Closer

Group training for the U's could start this week

26 May 2020

Colchester United players could be back training together this week.

John McGreal's squad have been working hard at home during the past couple of months, and are set to return to Florence Park in the next few days.

Individual training can take place from today, but the group training will have to wait until the testing procedure has been finalised - something the U's Head Coach thinks will happen in the very near future.

He told the Colchester Gazette: "It’s something that we’re considering, hopefully for the latter part of this week. The guidelines have been put in place for us by the EFL and professional bodies."

"Documents have been given to the football club which we’ve been looking at carefully and analysing over the last few days. We’ve been looking at the testing process in detail and making sure that everyone is safe.

“We need to be safe, in terms of phase one and we’ll be making sure that everything is fully in place before staff members return. We are going by all of the rules and the first phase is getting back into small groups.

“It’s a case of getting back to having a feel of the ball in small groups where we aren’t putting any of the staff or players in any danger."

McGreal says players are looking forward to returning to the training ground, even if it is in unusual circumstances.

"We’ve touched base with the players about their well-being and they feel great in that respect. There’s no pressure on the boys.

"It’s been well documented that there are some big players in the Premier League who aren’t training and that is their decision. The EFL are trying to make football as safe as possible to come back.

"Everyone’s learning day by day – these are unprecedented times and no-one has been in this position before.

"They’re putting things in place to make sure that everything is as safe as possible to come back and that will be the case with us, too."

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