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Deeney refuses to return to Watford training

Troy Deeney, Watford
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Troy Deeney has made Watford aware of his intentions not to return to training over concerns of his family’s healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League clubs are set to resume training on Tuesday after unanimously deciding to do the same with the hopes of resuming the current season in mid-June.

Initially, the clubs are only permitted to train in small groups, keeping social distancing guidelines in mind. But in due time, the sessions will be stepped up to ‘full contact.’ Also, players and staff members will be regularly checked for the coronavirus.

In spite of the precautionary measures, Troy Deeney is still hesitant to get back to the training ground.

The Watford skipper explains that his son suffers from breathing problems and he does not want to risk coming in contact with the virus and bringing it home.

“We’re due back in this week, I’ve said I’m not going in. It’s nothing to do with financial gain,” Deeney said on Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew’s Talk The Talk podcast.

“My son is five months and he’s had breathing difficulties. I don’t want to come home and put him in more danger.

“While we are being tested and while we are going to be in a very safe environment, it only takes one person in the group. I don’t want to be bringing that home.”