The Premier League followed other major football leagues across Europe to suspend matches following the Coronavirus outbreak, with a vague intention of restarting on April 4th.
This decision was taken on March 13th, a day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive.
Everton director of football Marcel Brands was a guest on Ziggo Sport’s programme, Rondo on Sunday. The Toffees are scheduled to face Leicester City on April 6th and the Dutchman has raised doubts about the league resuming at the start of next month.
“But I wonder if we can play football on April 6th. I don’t think that chance is that big,” he was quoted as saying by FC Update.
Everton’s last tie was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Blues player Callum Hudson-Odoi later tested positive for Coronavirus.
Although players in the English league are allowed to train at the club’s facilities, the Merseyside club have decided to close their training complex until March 22nd.
Brands has given an explanation for this..
“[Last] Friday morning someone had a fever among us, but fortunately it turns out that there was no infection. But we took no risk and decided to close the complex ourselves,” Brands explained.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are 12th in the league table with 37 points, trailing fourth placed Chelsea by 11 points.