Everton's Keane says players can be ready in fifteen days

LONDON: Everton & England defender Michael Keane said Wednesday that players will be able to return to Premier league action after just a couple of weeks of proper training.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen professional football in England suspended until at least April 30.

Premier league clubs are due to meet on April 3 to discuss what the English top flight does next.

All of the boys have received individual training programs to perform at home, Keane told Talksport radio.

"It's not easy because you've not got the normal equipment, you've just got to improvise & do what you can.

"The Premier league could start again in a month, it could be longer.

"So we've just got to keep that base level of fitness. As long as we get a couple of weeks' proper training before the next game -- & the lads have worked hard in the meantime -- we'll be fine."

The center-back said Everton 's backroom staff were monitoring the players' progress.

"We log on with the sessions we've done, & they keep an eye on what we're doing & gauge our fitness from that," he added.

Keane, along with other players, manager Carlo Ancelotti & chairman Bill Kenwright , has also been speaking to isolated fans as part of the Liverpool club's Blue Family campaign.

We're helping out in the community, which is brilliant, said Keane, who spoke on the phone to 78-year-old Everton supporter Rod.

"It was great to hear the happiness in the voice when I gave him a call. He said it made his day, & it made mine as well."