West Ham United squad will return to training ground as manager David Moyes completes self-isolation period

Karl Matchett

West Ham United manager David Moyes has ended his time in self-isolation after coming into contact with Mikel Arteta earlier in March and says the squad will be back at the club training ground soon.

As with many other clubs, the players have been training away from their usual locale over the past week or so, following individual training programmes.

But that will end in the coming days, with Moyes saying all precautions are being taken to ensure the grounds are safe for the players and staff to return.

In a message to Hammers supporters, Moyes urged fans to take care and follow health guidelines as the country, and the world, battle to overcome the coronavirus outbreak, and reiterated that West Ham supported the decision to suspend football activities.

But as manager he also needs to keep the team ready for a potential return to action, with the current resumption date set for early April.

“We will not be playing Premier League football for a period of time and we support the decision of the authorities,” he said. “We all need to do all we can to play our part which, in the long term, could help to save lives.

“While we will not play until next month at the earliest, it is my job as manager to ensure our players are physically and mentally ready to return to the pitch, as and when the Premier League decree it is right and safe to do so.

“In consultation with our own expert medical staff, we have put in place special individual training and meal plans for the players, and we have been in daily contact with each and every player to check on their health and wellbeing.

“Rush Green, like all other club sites, has undergone a deep clean and we will be resuming open-air, drill-based sessions soon, with all necessary measures and precautions of course taken to ensure there is no risk to players’ health.”

The Hammers are outside the relegation zone on goal difference with nine games to play, with Moyes hoping for an upturn in fortunes once the season resumes.

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