SAFETY concerns have seen Rotherham United delay plans to bring back their players for training.
The League One club had tentatively considered a phased return to their Roundwood complex which would have begun last Monday.
But they decided against it in the absence of any guidance from the football authorities on how best to combat the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus that has shut down football since early March.
“There is no chance,” said manager Paul Warne. “I’ve had no ‘return to training’ protocol from anyone. I’ve had nothing on face masks, cleaning, what is expected.”
Millers players have been working out at home during the coronavirus lockdown and Warne and his staff have worked out procedures which would allow them to train at Roundwood while strictly observing social-distancing rules.
“They would all be allocated a 45-minute slot where they come in in their car, go on half a pitch on their own and then get off and go home,” he said.
However, with the EFL thought to be close to announcing that the 2019/20 campaigns in Leagues One and Two are being called off, Warne has even less reason to summon his squad to their HQ.
“I have no definite plan to bring the lads back,” he said. “Logistically, we’ve got all that in place, but until we’re given the green light that they’re coming back for something definite I won’t be telling them to return.”
Some of Rotherham’s players went back to their home areas when the Government imposed the lockdown on the UK.
“I’m not, for example, bringing back two lads from Ireland (Chiedozie Ogbene and Trevor Clarke) on a plane unnecessarily if the league isn’t going to restart,” Warne added.
“I need more information before I start bringing back my players from all over.”