Supermarket or petrol station more dangerous than football, says Bruce
London: Newcastle manager Steve Bruce believes going to the supermarket or petrol station could pose a greater a risk of coronavirus than a return to football given the strict measures put in place to protect players.
However, Bruce warned his squad could “fall down like a pack of cards” with injuries if they are not given enough preparation time to get back up to speed before matches restart.
The UK government gave the go ahead for sport behind closed doors from June 1 this week.
Newcastle last played on March 7 and Bruce believes his players will not be fit to return until the end of June.
“You have to remember that they have had eight weeks off and that is probably the longest break some of these players have had in their careers,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.
“If we were doing pre-season, we would have six weeks and probably have six friendly games to get them ready for the first league match.
“We need enough preparation to get these players into shape or they are just going to fall down like a pack of cards.
“Most of the managers have the same concerns. We would need at least six weeks. I don’t see how we can play games until the back end of June.” – AFP