- Kenyan international midfielder Victor Wanyama resumes individual outdoor training sessions with his Montreal Impact’s teammates in preparation for soccer’s return.
The Harambee stars captain hadn’t been on a training field for nearly two months. He had just made his first appearance in the Concacaf Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Olimpia before the MLS was suspended owing to coronavirus pandemic.
The captain, who joined Montreal from Tottenham Hotspur, has made a confirmation on his Twitter account that he has returned to training to keep fit ahead of the planned kick-off of the MLS.
Impact players got an okay from MLS to utilize outdoor team training fields for individual workouts, in compliance with detailed health and safety protocols issued by medical and infectious disease experts.
Montreal Impact published on its official website its plan of providing a controlled environment that ensures players and staff adhere to safety protocols and social distancing measures as they train.
“The individual player workout protocol prohibits access to club facilities including but not limited to locker rooms, team gyms, and team training rooms. Team gyms and training rooms may still only be accessed by players receiving post-operative and rehabilitation treatment, as directed by the club’s Chief Medical Officer,” the statement read.
“Prior to initiating any individual player workouts, every team must submit to MLS a club-specific plan that outlines how the team will implement health and safety protocols.”
“All plans must be reviewed and approved by the club’s medical staff and local infectious disease expert before submitting to MLS. Every club will designate a member of the staff to oversee adherence to MLS-recommended protocols and club-specific implementation plan.” The statement continued
“In addition, each club will also be responsible for confirming communication of these protocols to players and team staff. The league-wide moratorium on small group and full team training remains in place through, and including, Friday, May 15.” It concluded.
Plans on how Major League Soccer the 2020 season will be completed are underway. The management’s stand at the moment is that the league won’t resume until June 8 at the earliest.