Jamie Carragher insisted that the training grounds are safe environments after Watford stars, including Troy Deeney, have decided not to return to the club’s headquarters, despite concerns about the coronavirus crisis.
The Premier League announced Tuesday that six people out of 748 had tested positive in 19 teams. Norwich conducted the tests on Tuesday, with the results not yet announced.
Watford said three of the positive tests were in their club – one player and two staff members – while Burnley said that assistant manager Ian Woan also tested positive.
Hornet captain Deeney had previously been worried about a return to training, adding that there were unanswered problems around the BAME players.
Athletic said that more players have now joined Deeney’s position after news of the club’s positive tests.
And while Carragher understands Deeney’s concerns, the Liverpool legend has suggested that protocols are in place to protect players.
Speaking at the Sky Sports Football Show, Carragher said, “The problem is, it’s about putting players on the line and following the flow of the Premier League.
“Deeney talked about her concerns, mainly with her son but also BAME across the company.
“You go to a barber shop, you don’t know who is there, but the people you are training with and playing against have all been tested, so the training grounds are safer.
“If people pick up Covid-19 by joining football teams, it’s a big concern – something wrong with tests or people who don’t have to deal with government protocols.
“The training grounds are safe. The players who tested positive picked it up outside.
“I would have faith in the role of a Watford player returning to training knowing that the people who have it are self-isolated.
“Yes, I understand that we all have different concerns and worries, but above all as a player I would feel safe going back if I were in Watford.”
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