Troy Deeney Watford

Troy Deeney refuse to come back to training

Watford striker Troy Deeney refused to train with the team as his son has health issues.

Premier League clubs voted positive for resuming the team trainings as they are aiming in a return in the middle of June.

Watford players are due to return to training on Wednesday at earliest, but their captain, Troy Deeney, refused to come back to train as he has concerns about his son's health.

The Englishman raised his concerns on the video meeting the Premier League held with all captains.

"We're due back in this week. I've said I'm not going in. It's nothing to do with financial gain," Deeney said on Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew's podcast.

 "When I go into full detail about my personal situation, everyone here will go 'no problem'.

"My son is five months and he's had breathing difficulties. I don't want to come home and put him in more danger. You've got to drive in in your own kit, you can't have showers, then drive back in the same dirty kit you've got.

"If I'm putting my clothing in with my son's or my missus' it's more likely to be in the house."

Deeney claimed that despite the Premier League’s new dossier of health and safety measures, the 31-year-old player did not receive the reassurances he had been seeking.

"Within the meeting I asked very simple questions. For Black, Asian and mixed ethnicities they are four times more likely to get the illness and we're twice as likely to have long lasting illnesses," the Englishman said.

"Is there any additional screening? Heart stuff to see if people have got problems? No. Okay, well I feel like that should be addressed.

“I can’t get a haircut until mid-July but I can go and get in a box with 19 people and jump for a header? I don’t know how that works.”

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