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Steve Bruce says there is “no way” Premier League can restart until end of June


Steve Bruce has claimed the Premier League season will not resume until the end of June at the earliest.

The Newcastle United boss voiced concerns about player fitness levels and a lack of preparation time amid ‘Project Restart’.

The Premier League is set to return on 12 June but Bruce believes there is “widespread opposition” to the season resuming so early.

The last Premier League game was almost 70 days ago and teams are only just returning to group sessions at training grounds.

And the Magpies boss believes it will take a considerable amount of time for players to return to peak fitness.

Bruce’s Newcastle are 13th in the Premier League

“We’ve listened to what has been said and, with the precautions taken, we will get back to work and start phase one [return to limited training],” Bruce told The Telegraph.

“Phase one will be mainly fitness work, four or five players on a pitch. Let’s see how we get on.

“You have to remember that they have had eight weeks off and that is probably the longest break some of these players have had in their careers.

“If we were doing pre-season, we would have six weeks and probably have six friendly games to get them ready for the first league match.”

Bruce has set his eyes on the return to full team training allowed by phase two of Project Restart.

But he insists that coaches from across the Premier League share his concerns about a lack of preparation time.

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Bruce added: “So, we need a good stretch of time here to get them ready. Certainly once we get into stage two, that is vitally important.

“We need enough preparation time to get these players into shape or they are just going to fall down like a pack of cards.

“Most of the managers have the same concerns. We would need at least six weeks. I don’t see how we can play games until the back end of June.”

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