Manchester United will be taking “a massive step forward” when they return to training on Wednesday, says defender Luke Shaw.
Although contact between players is not yet allowed, United’s squad will reconvene for a first session since coronavirus restrictions for elite sport were eased.
Sessions for small groups will get under way but players must adhere to social distancing rules, arriving in training kit and showering at home rather than in shared changing rooms.
“The rules have to be really strict but we’re obviously all going to stick to them just to make sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible,” Shaw said.
“I think we’re all determined to do things properly because we’re all looking forward to getting back on a proper pitch! Running down at the park is okay, but obviously it isn’t ideal.
“We have to do our work, keep fit and it’ll be nice to be around different people and see the boys again for a bit longer. It’s a massive step forward to get on the same training pitch as each other.”
Shaw told United’s official website it would not only be the players who enjoy getting back to work, explaining how in a group call “you could see how excited the coaches were”.