Jordan Henderson has sided with Troy Deeney and N’Golo Kante following their decision not to return to training with Watford and Chelsea. Both stars have been granted permission to stay at home by their clubs after raising concerns about the resumption of the Premier League.
This week, all 20 clubs have either returned or will return to team training at their bases in small groups of up to five.
That includes Premier League leaders Liverpool, who are back at Melwood in anticipation for the return of action in the next month or so.
Henderson has had a huge role off the field since play was called to a halt in March and has been a leading figure in discussions between the Premier League captains.
He was also at the heart of the Players Together initiative, which saw players give up part of their salaries to raise money for the NHS.
“I fully respect the lads that don’t feel comfortable as of yet, and I hope that they respect my opinion and that of the other players who have come back.
“Everybody’s situation is different but ultimately, for me, I feel very safe here at the training ground, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. My team-mates as well.
“I can only really speak for us, but I fully respect people in different situations who don’t feel comfortable.
“If any of my team-mates felt like that, I would fully support them and back them until they felt it was right to come back.”
Deeney confirmed earlier this week that he won’t be back at Watford when his team-mates return to training.
“We’re due back in this week. I’ve said I’m not going in. It’s nothing to do with financial gain,” Deeney said on Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew’s Talk The Talk podcast.
“When I go into full detail about my personal situation, everyone here will go ‘no problem’.”
Deeney’s decision was later justified as Adrian Mariappa and two members of the Watford coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19.
Kante did return to Cobham with Chelsea but has since been granted compassionate leave.
He is understood to be under no pressure to return by the Blues.
Published at Thu, 21 May 2020 23:00:00 +0000