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The Premier League holds a pivotal meeting this morning to decide on the details of 'Project Restart', with plans to resume the season to be ironed out before they seek Government approval today.

It is almost two months since the last Premier League match was played - Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 - with the season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. But its stakeholders are determined for the 2019-20 season to be completed to avoid a legal minefield and lessen football's financial crisis.

The Government, too, are keen for football to resume to boost national morale, despite announcing the extension of lockdown for the foreseeable future with the UK now having the third-highest Covid-19 death toll of any nation in the world. A firm plan for football's return could formed on Friday with The Times saying a vote to set it in stone could potentially be held next Thursday, on May 7.

Jamie Vardy (right) celebrates scoring with Leicester team-mate James Maddison in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 - the last Premier League match to be played

Jamie Vardy (right) celebrates scoring with Leicester team-mate James Maddison in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 - the last Premier League match to be played

For the past week, the Premier League have been briefing towards a planned restart on the week commencing June 8, with clubs preparing to return to group training on May 18. Clubs have already been advised to recall players who are abroad as they will need to be in quarantine for two weeks before they can join team-mates.

Despite the ever-changing nature of the global crisis, Premier League chiefs will attempt today to rubber-stamp rules and regulations for the resumption of group training and eventually matches played behind closed doors.

The Mirror report that the Premier League are ready to send out a seven-page document to every club on how to return to training during the pandemic, once its contents have been agreed on at today's meeting. 

Guidelines include players wearing a mask or snood at all times and training in groups of no more than five, staff wearing PPE equipment and disinfecting balls, corner flags and goalposts. 

Additionally, players will also need to park their cars at least three spaces apart, no massages will be allowed unless approved by a club doctor and drinks must be left at particular pick-up points. 

All club staff, including managers and coaches, will also be banned from spitting at the training ground in order to minimise the chance of spreading coronavirus.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters will head Friday's meeting of club chiefs

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters will head Friday's meeting of

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