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RETURN: Tom Cleverley. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

RETURN: Tom Cleverley. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

REUTERS

RETURN: Tom Cleverley. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

The Premier League's integrity could be affected if players worried about their health amid the Covid-19 pandemic choose to miss matches, according to Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley.

English soccer was halted in mid-March due to the outbreak but clubs can now train in small groups as part of the league's 'Project Restart' which envisages a return to play in June.

Watford captain Troy Deeney said he will not resume training due to worry over his son's health while Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante is prepared to miss their remaining games due to safety concerns.

"If you're missing five or six of your players through personal circumstances, it's going to hit us hard and it does affect the integrity of the competition," Cleverley said. "You can't really say 'that's bad luck, get on with it' when so much is at stake."