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Tottenham players test negative for COVID-19, return for individual workouts

Spurs’ first team players have started to come back ahead of eventual full training.

Tottenham Hotspur Return to Training Following the Relaxing of Covid-19 Restrictions Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur’s players have started to return to the training center. As announced earlier and following UK guidelines, several members of Tottenham’s first team have been able to return to the Spurs Lodge training center starting this week for individual, socially distant workouts.

Spurs posted the first photos from these sessions today, and they included photos of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela (sporting an EXTREMELY DIVORCED DAD ENERGY all-silver dye job), and Hugo Lloris, among others. Notably, this is the first time we’ve seen Harry Kane on the Spurs training pitch since New Year’s Day, so that’s exciting.

Interestingly, Spurs also tweeted — and then deleted — photos of the new COVID-19 testing facilities at the training ground for first team players and staff. Harry Kane revealed today that all of Tottenham’s first team players have tested negative for coronavirus, which is a huge relief, obviously. He told Good Morning Britain that plans are in place to transition to smaller group training in the next couple of weeks.

“Since the lockdown we started doing Zoom sessions pretty much every day. About a week ago we started going into the training ground for one-on-one training, still making sure we were social distancing.

“We had [coronavirus] tests on Monday and all the players and the staff came back negative. The club is talking to the Premier League to try and find a way within the next couple of weeks to start training in small groups of four or five and to be tested regularly.”

Kane also addressed the Premier League’s Project Restart plans and expressed cautious optimism that the season could be restarted safely. Unsurprisingly, Kane sounds like he wants to play if it’s deemed safe by the league.

“We want to see what the Premier League’s plan looks like and we will go from there. I’m happy to start training in small groups if we’re allowed and to try and get back to some normality as soon as possible. I guess every player is different and they all have their own view.

“It’s a really hard one. I don’t think anyone knows the right answers at the moment. What the Premier League are doing, from what I know and what I’ve spoken to them about, is going with the guidelines and taking it week by week to see what the safest thing to do is. The majority of the players are looking forward to playing again whenever its possible but we know we want it to be as safe as possible as well.

“It’s a difficult situation and for the clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two there’s a lot of uncertainty to know how financially its going to impact them. So its important we all try to help each other as much as possible during this time. The Premier League is obviously one of the biggest leagues in the world but for English football it’s important we try to keep all the leagues up and running.”