Peter Crouch admits he’d have concerns over football return if he still played

Peter Crouch has admitted he would have concerns about returning to football amid the coronavirus pandemic if he was still playing.

Premier League stars returned to socially-distanced training sessions this week as 'Project Restart' took the first step towards a potential return to behind-closed-doors matches next month.

But some players have opted to stay away, with Watford captain Troy Deeney refusing to train over fears he could contract the virus and pass it on to his five-month-old son, who has previously suffered respiratory complications.

Deeney's decision not to return was set against the background of three positive tests for Covid-19 among Watford players and staff earlier this week.

Defender Adrian Mariappa and two staff members tested positive, and it emerged on Friday that two more players unnamed players has gone into isolation over health fears.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante also opted not to train, after his older brother Niama died of a heart attack shortly before the 2018 World Cup.

Kante himself suffered from a health scare in March the same year when he passed out in front of his team-mates at the club's training ground, while he also lost his dad when he was 11 years old.

And former Tottenham, Liverpool and England striker Crouch – who has four children with his wife Abbey Clancey – said he is not sure he'd be back in training if he was still playing.

"I see Troy Deeney has been spoken about a lot this week, for not returning to training, but I put myself in his position and think what would I do?" Crouch told the Daily Mail.

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