Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend insists latest coronavirus test results show Premier League training grounds are ‘the safest workplace in the country’
- First round’s results returned six positive tests from 748 players and staff tested
- The second round of testing this week returned two positive samples from 996
- Townsend claims the latest results is encouraging a return to contact training
- Premier League chiefs pushing ahead with resumption of matches next month
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Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend claims the latest coronavirus test results is encouraging players to become increasingly keen for a return to contact training.
Players and officials have voiced concern about the Premier League’s plans for Project Restart and the proposed resumption of matches next month amid the threat of contracting coronavirus.
The second round of testing at top-flight clubs this week returned two positive samples from 996 taken to give a total of eight positives from 1,744 tests conducted across two rounds.
Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has welcomed the latest coronavirus test results
And Townsend feels the fact that positive tests are not spreading within squads is a hugely positive sign with the Premier League determined for clubs to restart full-contact training next week.
‘Speaking to the boys we’re desperate to get back to normality and contact training,’ Townsend told Sky Sports.
‘At the start of the week you’re worried about being near other players but as the days go on you get more and more comfortable with each positive test.
The second round of testing at top-flight clubs returned two positive samples from 996
‘If it was two people from the same club (who had tested positive at different times) you’d start to ask questions about how it had spread around the training ground.
‘But the fact it’s at two different clubs and they’ve kept it from spreading shows that we’re in the safest workplace in the country and it gives us confidence to move on to the next phase of testing.
‘We’re training in groups of eight so there’s 16 players from the squad I just haven’t seen. So I’m talking to them and talking to players at other clubs and they’re desperate to get back to contact training like we are.
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‘Hopefully with each successful round of testing we can get a few more players back into training and some time next week we can move on to phase two.’
Townsend also provided some detail on what takes place during a coronavirus test for a Premier League player.
‘After you finish training, you get in your car and then pull up at a window where they swab the back of your throat and they swab up your nose,’ he said.
‘It’s pretty straightforward, it’s not daunting and it doesn’t make you nervous because it’s literally 30 seconds and then you’re on your way.’
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