CHERRIES are set to return to training tomorrow afternoon, as Premier League clubs today agreed to the first stage of the Return to Training Protocol.

A statement from the club announced league chiefs “voted unanimously” to return to small group training, while confirming “contact training is not yet permitted”.

Eddie Howe’s men had been working on their fitness from home for the past two months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Their last session together came on March 13, the day of the which the campaign was suspended due to COVID-19.

The Daily Echo understands groups of players will be allocated time slots to undergo training sessions to work with a coach, while maintaining social distancing measures.

They will all have their own ball, arrive at the training ground in their kit and then leave following the session.

Chief executive Neill Blake and chairman Jeff Mostyn represented Cherries at this morning’s meeting.

A statement on the club website read: “Premier League shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small group training from tomorrow afternoon – the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.

“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.

“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the government.

“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.

“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.

“Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.”