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Robert Lewandowski of Munich celebrates his side’s opening goal against Union Berlin. Pic: PA

Robert Lewandowski of Munich celebrates his side’s opening goal against Union Berlin. Pic: PA

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Robert Lewandowski of Munich celebrates his side’s opening goal against Union Berlin. Pic: PA

The Premier League hopes "Project Restart" will move a step closer to becoming reality today.

Clubs are holding an emergency meeting to vote on a return to group training amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Should at least 14 of the 20 clubs agree that safety protocols are sufficient, players are likely to return to a limited first phase of group training tomorrow.

Yesterday should have been the final day of the Premier League season but the coronavirus outbreak meant the league was suspended in March with 92 fixtures remaining.

The British Government last week opened the door for the return of elite sport, but several hurdles remain before the Premier League can resume behind closed doors.

Clubs will have been encouraged, however, by the return of the Bundesliga this weekend -- the first major soccer league in the world to resume after the lockdown.

Today's conference call is the first hurdle. Clubs need to agree the conditions for players to return to training under strict rules.

Safety measures will include tents where temperature checks will be conducted, strict hygiene criteria, no canteens and no showers. A maximum of five players will be allowed per pitch with tackling forbidden.

Players will be tested twice per week and are being asked to provide written approval that they have received and understood the club's COVID-19 policy.

The prospect of clubs playing their remaining matches at neutral venues has receded with more than half speaking out against such a proposal.

Project Restart was originally looking at a June 12 resumption date but should the clubs agree and, if there is no rise in infections, a return date of June 19 or June 26 appears most likely.