Josh Magennis voices his concern over return

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis has joined fellow BAME players Andros Townsend and Troy Deeney in speaking about his fears about the resumption of football.
Northern Ireland and Hull City striker Josh MagennisNorthern Ireland and Hull City striker Josh Magennis
Northern Ireland and Hull City striker Josh Magennis

The 29-year-old, who is suffers from asthma, is due to resume training with Hull City next week and told BBC Sport he is concerned.

“You read what’s going on in the news,” he said.

“At the start we were told that it might not effect people with asthma too much, but now we hear that asthma is on the list of things that make people vulnerable.

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“I have asthma, I’ve had it for 10 years, and my youngest son has it. I wouldn’t say it is severe, but it is enough to disrupt what he is doing, especially when he is exercising.

“I also saw on the news recently that ethnic minorities, black men and women, are more likely to suffer severe consequences if they catch coronavirus.

“You are reading all of this and, you know what it is like when you are at home, there are loads of things going through your mind. You’re wondering what is going to happen.

"I have no problem with the thought process of going back to training - we all have to go back - but it is the extra exposure that will come with it. There will be uncertainty just coming and going from training.

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“We are not allowed in the building unless we are using the toilet or having treatment. We won’t be allowed into the gym and cars will have to be parked two spaces away from each other.

“At first it will be small groups of four and five players training, basically doing like a mini pre-season with staggered arrival times for players. Health and safety has to be paramount - people’s lives cannot be put at risk.”