Watford captain Troy Deeney confirms return to training after voicing concerns
Watford captain Troy Deeney has confirmed he’ll return to training this week, despite recently voicing his concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The 31-year-old recently revealed his worries about returning to training due to his five-month-old son. Deeney opted not to return to training for Phase One of the Premier League’s plan.
However, the Hornets striker is ready to go back to training when full-contact sessions return this week.
Deeney told CNN Sport: “I only said that I wasn’t going back for the first week.
“People took that as I’ll never go back. But I think everyone appreciates everything that the Premier League is trying to do as well.
“I don’t think it’s a case of pure neglect in terms of ‘We’re going back to work, get on board’ or it’s anything like that. They have very good lines of communication and I’ve had maybe had four or five meetings now.
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“I’m the captain of a Premier League football team. I’m not doing my job if I’m sitting back at home, saying to the players: ‘You win this game for me and I’m not doing anything.’
“Anyone that knows me knows I’m never scared of a challenge. But anyone that knows me also knows that family is the most important thing for me.
“I also think ultimately, everyone knows that this is happening, the season is gonna finish and you control the controllables really.
“To be fair, if it weren’t for my missus, I probably wouldn’t. But she’s adamant that we can do enough things to protect ourselves.
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“We are trying to figure out like, ways to wash the clothes separately and little things like that. You know, I’ve got quite a busy household.
“Also Watford have been excellent with me as well. They are trying their best to do anything to support me and my family. I haven’t been to work as yet. But I’m potentially going to go in next week. Even if it’s just to have a conversation.
“I’ve already been in dialogue with all the players and all the management.”
Deeney had concerns over his five-month-old son, who has breathing difficulties.
The Watford ace was also worried about black, Asian and ethnic minority individuals being more likely to contract coronavirus.
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League bosses confirmed on Wednesday night that there had been just four positive tests from three clubs.
1008 players and staff were tested on Monday and Tuesday for coronavirus.
Premier League clubs are set to hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss the next stage of games returning.
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