Manchester City Forward Raheem Sterling has cast doubt over the Premier League’s plan to resume matches next month with many top stars still not back in training.
Sterling insists players would require at least a month of full training before they can get match-fit, effectively ruling out the long awaited return date of June 12.
“You can’t come back in with one and a half or two weeks (of training),” said Sterling in an interview with USA women captain Megan Rapinoe.
“You’d need a full four to five weeks, especially if you’re going to go back into competition, when you’re literally paid to win. You do need to do that preparation, you can’t just go straight in.”
Sterling admitted to feeling “lost” when the lockdown was first introduced in March.
“The beginning (of lockdown) was definitely weird then I started to say to myself I can’t keep doing this, I can’t just be in this dark room playing my Call of Duty for six or seven hours, I just got a little schedule in,” Sterling said.
“I felt lost for the first couple of weeks but then it just flew by. I can’t wait to get back out there.”
“We’ve had a lot of gym sessions on Zoom, we’ve had our programmes being sent over to us, so I’ve been trying my best to keep up with the plan,” he added.