The first major milestone on the road to football restarting in the UK was reached on Tuesday when the results from the first round of testing in the Premier League were announced.
And, despite the headlines focusing on positive tests, the small number – six in total – is great news for the restart of the 19/20 campaign.
Talking on The Football Show (Sky Sports, Wednesday, 9am), Jamie Carragher said that it was a “massive positive” for football restarting in England, with less than 1% of those tested coming back positive.
He said it would have been a big problem if 20 or 30 positive tests had come back.
Carragher also said that it should mean that training grounds are now the safest workplaces in the UK.
The focus will now shift to the Championship, with testing set to start on Thursday. Similar results will mean that the promotion bid is well and truly back on.
However, there was one potential sticking point.
Watford have been one of the most vocal clubs against restarting the season, with manager Nigel Pearson saying that people are ignoring the threat of death.
Troy Deeney has said he won’t be going back to training and Pearson has said no players will be forced to return.
And as it turned out, Watford returned half of the six positive tests, with one player and two members of staff giving positive results.
Watford are one place off the drop zone in the Premier League and have a big incentive to get the season ended here and now.
Talking on The Football Show on Wednesday, Graeme Souness said that a similar situation had happened in Germany when Dresden were quarantined for two weeks.
He said players shouldn’t be forced to go back to work but also said that it shouldn’t impact the restart of football.
So, a positive for football and for Leeds’ restart. But it also shows that we’re on a knife-edge at the moment and there’s a long way to go and many things that can go wrong between now and mid-July.
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