Alan Hutton claims the Aston Villa squad will be fearful over the safety of resuming the Premier League season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes returning to action too early could make the situation worse than it already is.
The League Managers Association chief executive Richard Beven was quoted as saying that managers and players will be presented with the “medical and operational protocols” which are needed for the season to resume.
The BBC report that Premier League doctors have raised a number of concerns over plans to resume the season, while Sergio Aguero claims players will be “scared” to return to playing.
Hutton has echoed the thoughts of the Manchester City striker, insisting that there should be no doubts about the safety of starting the season up again.
Asked if there would be fears from the Villa players to return to action, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think there will be, I’m only going off what I think but if I was a Villa player in the team, of course there would be.
“You’ve spent all this time social distancing, staying in the house and all of a sudden you’re going into football stadiums where you’re surrounded by 100 people – you’ve got masseurs, you’ve got doctors, managers, everybody in close proximity to you, I’m sure there will be media people there.
“There’s a lot going on and then obviously if you’re up against somebody who could have had symptoms or could be a carrier or anything, what’s it going to take – for two, three, four, five players to get the virus before they say let’s stop again? Because that would be worse.
“You have to make a stance now – is it safe to go on, yes or no? If it’s: ‘Mmm, I’m not so sure,’ then it’s a no and we have to come with some sort of other decision, whether it be to end the season or whatever.”
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