Arsenal football club legend, Jens Lehmann, has stated that professional footballers have no issues with contracting Coronavirus, as their fit lifestyles mean they don’t get to show adverse symptoms of the disease.
Lehmann, who recently made a full recovery from Covid-19 himself, urged players to get back on the pitch as the Premier League authorities are set to start football activities next month.
Lehmann’s comments come after the UK Government gave the Premier League the green light to return at the start of June behind closed doors, while laying down strict rules to prevent the spread of Coronavirus among players.
‘In the end, you have to live with it, because the only thing that this lockdown is based on is the hope that eventually we are going to find a vaccine or some medicine which cures it. But there’s only hope,’ he told beIN Sports.
‘So far we don’t have anything. Because of that, you cannot shut down everything. So you have to get on with it. ‘As long as the symptoms are not that bad, I think players have to cope with it.
‘We have plenty of players who were actually infected, and most of them did not even show any symptoms. ‘So I think for young, healthy, people with a strong immune system it’s not such a big concern.’
Meanwhile Newcastle United footballer Danny Rose has slammed the Premier League’s plans to restart football saying players aren’t ready to get back to playing football, regardless of the potential morale boost it could provide for the country.
‘The Government’s saying bring back football to boost the morale of the nation… I don’t give a f**k about the nation’s morale,’ said Rose on Instagram.
‘People’s lives are at risk! Football shouldn’t be spoken about til numbers have dropped massively. It’s b******s.’