Danny Mills has backed Gary Neville’s claim that players will be fit for mid-June restart as Tottenham captain Harry Kane prepares to return.
The former Leeds United and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said “three weeks should be plenty” of time for players to regain their fitness.
The Premier League and Championship are planning to follow the Bundesliga’s lead by resuming fixtures from 12 June.
Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville, claimed there was “no reason” to restart any later than 19 June despite some voices concerned players will get injured if they return in mid-June.
Mills insisted fitness “should not be an issue” if individuals have followed the training programmes given to them by their clubs at the beginning of lockdown.
“This has not been an off-season where the players have been on holiday,” he told Football Insider.
“They have not had eight weeks of putting their feet up.
“The majority of Premier League and Championship players will have access to bikes or be able to run so the players should have a good base level of fitness. It should not be an issue.
“It is now about sharpening up, getting your touch. Three weeks should be plenty for players to get up to speed.”
As revealed by Football Insider, Jose Mourinho will have Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko fit for selection when the Premier League restarts but Steven Bergwijn is still unavailable.
Clubs returned to training last week and on Monday the government revealed that close contact training could resume and the Premier League have voted in favour of it.