SHEFFIELD United boss Chris Wilder says the results of the coronavirus tests conducted throughout the Premier League are ‘encouraging’ as players return to non-contact training.
The top flight announced on Tuesday that out of 748 people at 19 clubs, six had tested positive.
Watford have said three of the positive results were at their club — defender Adrian Mariappa and two staff members — while Burnley have confirmed assistant manager Ian Woan was also one of the six positives.
Blades boss Wilder (pictured) said: ‘A lot of people have been tested and the signs are encouraging.
‘Testing has been very thorough. A lot of hard work has gone in to make sure this runs as smoothly as possible.
‘It is baby steps in the process of returning to full training.’
The Premier League is continuing to target a return to action next month. Although there is a limited window for training to get up to full speed, Wilder said players who have not played since March were not starting from scratch this week as they would be in a regular pre-season programme.
‘When we paused the season, these players have an obligation to their profession to keep themselves right so straight away, the programmes they were given, they weren’t off to Dubai or [Las] Vegas eating and drinking whatever they want,’ added Wilder. ‘They have got a professionalism about them and my players are in absolutely brilliant condition.
‘We’ve tested them right the way through. They’ve got individual programmes. They didn’t know when this was going to kick-start and they had to be ready.’