Premier League confirms four new positive Covid-19 cases

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The Premier League's most prominent broadcaster, Sky Sports, is now also reporting that June 17 will be the restart date.

The season is set to provisionally restart on June 17 after it was suspended on March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak that halted several other major leagues around the world as well, such as the National Basketball Association and the NHL.

Players have recently returned to non-contact training and have undergone an extensive coronavirus testing programme since.

On Wednesday, the league took another step towards resumption after clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training .

The Premier League will officially restart on Wednesday, June 17th with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal, according to a report from Jason Burt of The Telegraph.

On May 1, clubs were understood to have been told that using eight to 10 neutral venues, and behind closed doors, was the only way the season could be safely completed.

Premier League confirms four new positive Covid-19 cases
Premier League confirms four new positive Covid-19 cases

There is also the chance clubs will use a "hybrid" model where some games are played in their own stadiums, but then matches considered high-risk are moved on police advice.

Norwich City were due to host Southampton in their next game before the season was suspended, ahead of a home FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United.

No matches have been played since Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9, with Liverpool just two wins away from securing the title.

The timetable was put to the clubs at their shareholders meeting which is taking place on Thursday to decide a raft of issues.

Villa are now 19th and heading for a return to the Championship, after just one year back in the Premier League, but a win of Chris Wilder's team actually take them into 16th place and drop Watford back into the bottom three.

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