Wolves have been the first Premier League team to install a coronavirus drive-through testing station on their training ground for their players. Coach Nuno Espirito Santo returned to Compton last week for individual sessions with his players. Wolves players are yet to use the treatment, it is known but backroom workers have been checked.
The Premier League hopes that the process will become the blueprint for other top-flight clubs. The treatment takes less than a minute and is done in the Wolves’ training ground car park. It is part of a £4 million deal between Hong Kong-based genetic testing company Prenetics and the Premier League.
The Premier League hopes to restart the season on June 12 but many club doctors have raised issues with bosses in the league.
If training resumes before social distancing policies are relaxed, players should be tested twice a week for coronavirus and checked for symptoms regularly. Training grounds for social distance and hygiene rates should also be tailored.
Furthermore, players will always come in uniform to the training ground and wear masks. They are not allowed to have a shower or eat at the premises. If clubs plan to have food for players, it must be delivered to players’ cars as a takeaway. Only critical medical care, with all the medical staff in full PPE, will be permitted. All meetings and reviews must take place remotely and off-site.
Players and administrators will be briefed on suggested medical plans for a return to training by the Association of Professional Footballers and League Administrators in the next two days, before Thursday’s meetings with the Premier League.
If the steps are approved, an initial group training process may begin next week.