Aston Villa resume training at Bodymoor Heath
Villa’s players are back at Bodymoor Heath for the first time in more than two months after Premier League clubs approved the first phase of Project Restart.
Dean Smith, his coaching staff and squad were scheduled to make their return on Tuesday afternoon to begin non-contact training in small groups.
Villa’s squad has been split in half, with each player given one of two time slots to help adhere with social distancing measures.
Players are permitted to train in groups no larger than five, while are also required to arrive at the training ground already changed into their kit, having prepared their own personal drinks.
The Tuesday afternoon sessions are the first time Bodymoor has been open to players since it was closed on March 16, after the Premier League was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Sessions are allowed to last no longer than 75 minutes, with the Premier League having laid down strict rules which are likely to be subject to independent inspection to ensure clubs are sticking to them.
The return to small group training is the league’s first tentative step toward a resumption next month.
Clubs will discuss a return to contact training next week, while the final step would be an agreement on a return to play.