CHERRIES are now permitted to resume contact training after Premier League clubs gave stage two of the return to Return to Training protocol the green light.

Eddie Howe’s men had been working in socially-distanced small groups from last week, after stage one had previously been approved.

But following further discussions with players, managers and the government, top-flight clubs voted unanimously to take the next step on Project Restart.

A statement from the Premier League said: “Premier League shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training – marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

“Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.

“The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

“Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the government.

“Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.”

Cherries have had one positive COVID-19 case since returning to training.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale revealed he was self-isolating after testing positive for the virus in the second round.

The next set of test of COVID-19 test results are expected today.