Pep Guardiola has flown back to England as Manchester City prepare themselves for a return to training later this week.
The Spaniard went back to Catalonia two months ago following the postponement of the Premier League campaign and suffered the tragic passing of his mother, Dolors Sala, from coronavirus at the start of April.
But with clubs from the top flight given the green light to resume training in small groups from Tuesday, the Daily Mail reports that Guardiola - who's keen to see the 2019/20 campaign reach a natural conclusion - has returned to Manchester ahead of the Cityzens' potential training resumption in the coming days.
There is still optimism for the Premier League to resume on 12 June, despite some of the concerns expressed by the players, particularly Troy Deeney, who won't return to training this week over fears of his son's health.
Sergio Aguero has also admitted that some top-flight stars are 'scared' over the Premier League's potential return next month, while Raheem Sterling said in an interview with USWNT hero Megan Rapinoe on his YouTube channel that players would need a lot of work to regain fitness.
“You can’t come back in with one-and-a-half or two weeks [of training]," the 25-year-old said.
"You’d need a full four to five weeks, especially if you’re going to go back into competition when you’re literally paid to win. You do need to do that preparation – you can’t just go straight in.”
In a bid to track and keep on top of the coronavirus, Prenetics - a leading genetic testing company - will provide 1,600 tests a week to assist Premier League clubs. City started testing their players on Monday, with results usually taking 24 hours to come back.
Source : 90min