Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero says he is worried about returning to action as the coronavirus crisis is still in full flow. Many domestic leagues around the world have been cancelled, including the French, Belgian and Dutch.
However, the Premier League are insistent on finishing the season, even if it means playing the remaining matches behind closed doors.
It has been suggested that players will return to training later this month with matches resuming from June 8.
Aguero is likely to start the majority of City’s final 10 games but he fears for players who could catch the virus and spread it to loved ones.
“The majority of players are scared because they have children and families,” Aguero told Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito.
“I’m scared but I’m with my girlfriend here and I’m not going to be in contact with other people. I’m locked in my house and the only person I could infect is my girlfriend.
“They’re saying that there are people that have it and don’t have any symptoms but still infect you.
“That’s why I am here at home. Maybe I have the illness and I don’t even know.
“When one person is ill we will think ‘oh what’s happening here?’ I hope a vaccine will be found soon so that this all ends.”
Meanwhile, it has been suggested that players will be forced to wear face masks while playing football.
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But Brighton striker Glenn Murray has slammed the idea.
He said: “Face masks is going to be off-putting; it is not going to be natural. People will be ripping them off in games,” the 36-year-old said. “It is quite farcical.
“I understand why people are desperate to get football on. It has to be done in a sensible way and in the right time and in a way that is going to keep everyone safe.
“There will be ambulances at training and games. Is it fair to take those from the NHS? I don’t know.
“It is not just two squads, there is a lot more involved and it puts more people at risk.
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“I understand the public is desperate to get football back. But it is us that are going to be going out there and competing against other teams.
“We are not talking about guys in one community. We are talking about guys from all over the world who could be possibly carrying the disease. There are so many caveats.
“Everyone is in different situations. I have children at home. I wouldn’t want to jeopardise them. Some footballers have newly born children who might be more susceptible to getting the disease.
“Some are living with elderly parents. It is a really difficult situation to agree on.”
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