Premier League unlikely to restart before June 8, with aim to complete season in five-week period

June 8 has emerged as the best-case scenario for when the Premier League season could restart.

The government said on Thursday the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic would be in place for at least another three weeks, until May 7.

If the government advised clubs could start re-training soon after that date, then it is possible games could start again in early June

Training would be controlled to make sure players were kept a safe distance apart.

One option is for players to drive to their training grounds in their kits so they spend less time in contact with other players.

Games would be played behind closed doors with all players, coaches and match officials having been tested for coronavirus.

These protocols would only be adopted when tests are more readily available to key workers and the public.