Kevin Phillips insisted players will need at least two weeks of intense training before the season resumes after Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho fell foul of Government guidelines.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the busy calendar of fixtures expected will not place players under excessive physical strain as they will not have to train as much.
Pictures were taken of a one-on-one session between Jose Mourinho and Tanguy Ndombele in a public park, a dubious decision from the manager that he was subsequently forced to apologise for.
Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez were also photographed training on Hadley Common in north London in a clear breach of government guidelines.
The message from the government stated people should only leave their home “alone or with members of your household.”
When asked by Football Insider if it was sensible for Mourinho to training his players in a public park and why he can’t just rely on the training ground when lockdown ends, Phillips said: “If we do reconvene and everything is crammed into one month there is going to be a lot of football.
“But people forget that there will not be a lot of training within that because it will just be a case of recovering, playing, recovering, playing. You are not going to be on your feet day in and day out.
“They are having a long break now and will need a couple of weeks to get up to scratch to get ready to finish the season.”
However, Spurs are not alone in their decision. Leeds United players have been instructed to train at Thorp Arch during the break by Marcelo Bielsa.
Football Insider understands the governing bodies are hopeful of a mid-June restart which would likely mean a return to training for most teams in late May.