Jobi McAnuff admits fears over return as coronavirus continues to wreak havoc

Leyton orient winger Jobi McAnuff has summed up the fears of a growing number of EFL players about a potential return to action in June.

The Football League is planning for matches to resume from June 6 if it safe to do so. If matches do resume – allowing for the latest lockdown extension – they would be played behind closed doors.

But McAnuff believes there are many players uneasy about the risks connected with a return to action.

“I’m one of them,” he told The Conv3rsation podcast. “It’s just hard to comprehend how it would actually work in practice.

“I can take the precautions I need to at home and…I’m doing what I need to do and trying to keep away from people.

“But the risk for me is just too high. That's the big problem with this virus. Nobody really knows exactly how people are contracting it, the ease of access and I think there are still too many questions, a lot more than we've got answers to at the moment.

“While that remains the case, it's not safe to go back.”

McAnuff’s comments follow those of Premier League stars worried about a potential return. Friday’s shareholders meeting will look at options to end the top flight campaign by June 30.

But Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi last week already called for “no games and no training until this epidemic stops.”

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has also admitted to being “petrified” for his newborn baby and insists the Premier League should not be held to ransom on a return date.


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