SAINTS will tomorrow return to train at their Staplewood Campus after a two-month absence.

Premier League sides met on Monday to discuss the stage one proposals and voted unanimously in their favour.

To begin with, Saints’ players will have to train in small groups, although contact training is not yet permitted.

Testing for coronavirus at top-flight clubs has taken place over the last two days and will continue throughout the training period and the return to match action in a bid to make the environment as safe as possible for all concerned.

The league was suspended on March 13 but no date for a resumption has yet been fixed.

The protocols were presented to players and managers on conference calls which took place last week.

A Premier League statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon, the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so. 

“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted. 

“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government. 

“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible. 

“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.

“Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.”

The news of a return to training also boosts football’s plan to return to behind-closed-doors action in June.

The Premier League mooted June 12 as a possible resumption date after top-level football came to a halt in March because of the coronavirus crisis.