Two days after having received the authorization from the government, players of the Montreal Impact returned to training individual at the Centre Nutrilait, Monday.
The members of the montreal eleven had not set foot in the facilities of the team since the 12 march, the date on which the Major League Soccer (MLS) announced the suspension of the season because of the pandemic of sars coronavirus.
The decision of the Directorate of public health of Quebec only applies to players of the professional team. The Centre Nutrilait remains closed to young players of the Academy.
“It is a good news for us”, commented the president of the team, Kevin Gilmore, in an interview with the television show Salut Bonjour. We had the permission of the MLS for the past two weeks. He only had to wait for the authorization of the public Health.”
Protocol is very strict
Players must follow a protocol that is very strict and can only be a maximum of eight at the same time the training complex. The two natural turf pitches are divided into four.
This surface makes a difference if you take into account the fact that Steeven Saba broke his left foot while running through the streets of Montreal last week.
“The health and safety of players is paramount. It was important for us to offer them a safe place to train, explained Gilmore. Hoping that a situation like the one experienced by Saba does not happen again.”
Too early for the rest
With respect to a possible return with a tournament in Orlando in the month of July, Gilmore prefers to wait before commenting on the formula that seems to be the one which will be retained by the league.
“It is still too early to comment on the scenarios that are currently being studied by the league. We’re waiting to see what scenario assures a return to safe play. It speaks in particular to bring together all the players in one place.”