Byram reveals ‘main worry’ for City players amid restart discussions

Norwich City defender Sam Byram, right, holds off the challenge of Wolves winger Adama Traore at Carrow Road earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City defender Sam Byram, right, holds off the challenge of Wolves winger Adama Traore at Carrow Road earlier this season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City defender Sam Byram says players are waiting for firm guidance on football’s potential return as anxiously as supporters - but remain worried about how a restart is possible amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The next Premier League meeting is due to be held on Monday, following the government’s expected update on lockdown guidelines on Sunday, with uncertainty surrounding when or if it will be possible to complete the suspended season.

“I think that would probably be the main worry of a lot of the lads,” Byram said of the risk of players spreading the virus to loved ones. “There’s a lot of new born babies or babies that are due and I know some people have circumstances where a member of their family is a high risk person.

“So it’s not just us that we’ve got to think about. Everyone has got some family members they live with and say there’s 25 players in a squad, you’re then in contact with everyone who is in contact with them.

“So if people are saying it’s safe to do so then I think there will always be people who are wary because you care about the people you live with and you don’t want anything to happen to them.

“But I think it’s down to the people in charge, that if they are putting the steps in place and if it is safe then I’m sure me and all of the other players want to get back and play – so the sooner we can do that the better.”

Byram suffered a hamstring injury in mid-February which looked to have finished his season but with Premier League bosses reportedly trying to get a resumption in place for mid-June, his absence may yet be kept to just four games.

The full-back said of his potential to be back in training next month: “I think returning to training is probably achievable but going from training to full flight Premier League games is a big difference, in terms of fitness, sharpness, getting used to the ball again.

“So I think it’s just how quick can my body adapt to it and get up to the pace. Obviously at the moment all the rest of the lads haven’t been able to have team training, it’s all individual programmes and things.

“So I suppose if we’re going to return to playing then the group will need at least a few weeks to get back to fitness anyway.

“So hopefully if I can keep progressing well I can look to slot in with them and maybe look to get involved towards the back end.”

- Read more from Byram on his injury recovery, how he’s been coping with lockdown and more on Thursday morning

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