Premier League start date could be agreed this week with Man Utd vs Tottenham eyed as first fixture – The Sun

THE eagerly anticipated return date of the Premier League could be decided this week.

And a blockbuster clash between Manchester United and Spurs could be the first game back after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Players are back at club HQs ahead of the return of close-contact training – with coaches reportedly being brought in to monitor contact.

Stars and managers can discuss any remaining concerns over phase two of Project Restart when they hold separate video calls with the Premier League on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, clubs can then vote on whether to move to the next stage of training, which could be brought in before the end of this week.

Most clubs are expected to back the proposals put forward in phase two.

Following this, Sky Sports claim the end of the week could see draft proposals for the final parts of the plan to get football back.

They may include a provisional fixture list, including the date when football will officially return.

June 19 is one date being bandied around.

But some Premier League clubs want a further week to prepare.

One of those could be Watford, whose plans for a return were thrown into disarray when boss Nigel Pearson admitted six players were absent from training due to fears over coronavirus.

SunSport told you Friday June 12 was one date being considered for a return.

Whatever date is decided, it looks like Jose Mourinho's Spurs side will host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men in the first match back.

That clash was originally scheduled for March 15.

It was previously reported that TV companies had been warned of a bumper restart by football bosses.

The suggestion was that there would be one live match apiece on Friday and Monday evenings.

And the final eight matches were to be split equally across Saturday and Sunday, with kick-off times staggered so every match could be watched live on TV.

But, as yet, it remains to be seen exactly what structure the playing of games will take.

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