Supermarket or gas station more dangerous than football: Steve Bruce
LONDON: Newcastle manager Steve Bruce you think going to the supermarket or gas station could present a higher risk of coronavirus than going back to football given the strict measures in place to protect the players.
However, Bruce warned that his squad could fall like a pack of cards with injuries if they are not given enough prep time to get back up to speed before games restart.
The UK government gave the go-ahead to the sport behind closed doors from June 1 this week.
Newcastle last played on March 7 and Bruce believes his players will not be fit to return until the end of June.
You have to remember that they have had eight weeks off and that is probably the longest rest some of these players have had in their careers, he told the Sunday Telegraph.
If we were doing preseason, we would have six weeks and probably six friendly games to prepare them for the first league game.
We need enough preparation to get these players in shape or they are just going to fall like a pack of cards.
Most managers have the same concerns. We would need at least six weeks. I don't see how we can play until the end of June.
From Germany Bundesliga She became the first of Europe's top five leagues to return on Saturday with a series of measures including regular tests, disinfected balls, and masked substitutes to protect players.
Premier league The clubs expect a return to socially estranged training on Tuesday once a protocol for safety measures has been signed at a meeting on Monday.
Certainly, with the measures in place, you're likely to be at greater risk of going to the supermarket or putting gas in your car, Bruce added.
We are in a fortunate position, we can get tested every three days.
We will be screened on Sunday, all players and all staff members. Once we get the results, if everyone is okay, we are ready to start training again at 2pm on Tuesday afternoon.
Newcastle left-back Danny Rose He highlighted concerns that many players felt this week by saying that football shouldn't even consider a return until the number of deaths and infections in the UK has dropped significantly.
The British government's official COVID-19 death count is 34,446, the second highest in the world.
Bruce, however, believes that the majority of the players are in favor of returning to finish the season.
If a player refuses to come in or play, I have sympathy for that and would understand it, he said. Most of my players are happy with that.
There was also a captains meeting and as a squad they are happy with the measures being implemented. We must respect everyone's personal points of view.