Everton skipper Seamus Coleman has revealed that his fear about ‘Project restart’ amid the coronavirus pandemic has been alleviated.
The Premier League has stepped up its efforts to return to action with its leadership putting certain measures in place to ensure that players are not endangered in the process.
Premier League clubs tested their players and staff for the coronavirus disease earlier this week and Everton did not report any positive case.
Coleman has stated that with the measures his club has put in place, he feels safe enough to return to work.
“Even getting the kit ready on Tuesday night, you are excited to get back to work,” Coleman told evertontv . “It’s probably the longest I’ve been away from Finch Farm. Driving through the gates was a great feeling but it’s definitely a little bit different.
“The club has taken all the precautions needed. We were in in small groups and it felt very safe. They told us that would be the case but when you got there, you could see the work that has been put in to make it as safe as possible.
“It is serious, we have to do things properly. We are in there together and it is important we are living our lives right outside the place to make sure you do not endanger anyone.
“The ideal scenario is we get back playing Premier League football and to do that, as players, we need to make sure we are doing everything right. The club made sure of that by telling us the rules and regulations.
“We couldn’t wait to get on the training pitch and it was nice to see some of the lads again and get back out there training. It is up to us as players now to stick to the rules at the club and do what is asked of us.
“There are measurements to tell us how far to stay apart and a one-way system around the building, so you are not crossing paths with people. It feels as safe as it possibly can and, hopefully, we can move to phase two as quickly and safely as possible.”
“I was with Bainesy (Leighton Baines), Yerry [Mina] and Michael [Keane] and one of the other groups also had four defenders,” explained Coleman.
“It wasn’t a very, very hard session, more easing us back in to make sure there were no injuries. There were passing drills and strides and dribbling circuits and we finished with playing out from the back.
“We had the manager, Davide [Ancelotti] and Duncan [Ferguson] for the football element. You can still get the work in, it was a very good session and we were in and out as quickly as possible. It was enjoyable and I was happy to get a ball at my feet again.
“We all have to go back to work and we are happy to do that, but I am sure there are people with nerves as well.
“It’s such a strange time in the world, I don’t think anyone could have predicted something like this. Your first concern is your family.”