Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

18.03 26 May 2020


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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder admits that there are risks involved with getting the Premier League season back underway.

The 20 clubs are expected to vote in favour of starting contact training this week in the next step en route to a return to action around the middle of June.

The Blades boss accepts the concerns recently expressed by Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kanté and Watford captain Troy Deeney but Wilder is happy with the measures being put in place to protect players and club staff.

"People shouldn’t be criticised. Everyone’s personal situation is different," Wilder told the Sheffield Star.

"Of course there’s still a risk. But there’s a risk every time you set foot outside your front door, even before this unprecedented situation happened.

"There’s no other industry that’s doing the things we’re doing. Everyone is doing what they can to make things safe."

There have been just eight positive tests from the 1,744 conducted on Premier League players and staff who will have had a taste of what the games will be like if they go ahead.

The third round of matches are underway since the return of top-flight football in Germany two weekends ago and Wilder has been keeping a close eye on what has been happening there.

"We watch quite a lot of the Bundesliga, it's an interesting division with some great players, great teams and great tactics.

"There's an enormous amount of enthusiasm in this country to watch football and I think that's a great gauge of what the Premier League will be like when we get back."

The Blades will still have so much to play for if the Premier League gets the green light to go ahead.

Before the shutdown, Wilder had taken the newly-promoted club as high as fifth but they are now seventh with a game in hand.

If they win that they can reclaim fifth spot from Manchester United and will be in a great position to qualify for Europe.


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