Arsenal's Dani Ceballos accidentally 'reveals' Premier League restart date

Dani Ceballos appears to have dropped one of the biggest clues yet as to when we can first expect to see Premier League action return.

Arsenals loanee from Real Madrid will finish the season off in England before returning to Spain.

He, and his Gunners team-mates, were back in training this week after clubs and league officials agreed to return for phase one of Project Restart.

Tuesday saw players at top-flight teams up and down the country head back to training, although social distancing measures were in place, while coronavirus testing was carried out too.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was one of English footballs first high-profile positive cases back in March when the season was suspended.

But none of the Gunners squad or coaching staff tested positive this week.

Dani Ceballos Dani Ceballos has dropped a hint about when the Premier League could restart.

With the ambition to get matches back underway as soon as possible, different dates have been touted for June as the fitness and safety of players is deliberated on.

Friday, June 12 was seen as the most optimistic restart date, however, a week later became the more likely outcome.

There has been some suggestion, though, that clubs would need until the end of June to get players properly match fit.

Ceballos, however, has indicated we can look forward to seeing Premier League football in a months time.

In an interview with Spanish radio station RTVE , Ceballos let slip the date when games are due to begin again.

Ceballos said: "We are going to start a week late with respect to what is being talked about in Spain, which is June 12, and we are going to start the league on the 20th.

"We passed the test 48 hours ago and the results of the whole team were negative."

Saturday, June 20 looks set to see teams return to action, and games could well be spread out across that weekend.

Reports have indicated, for TV and broadcasting purposes, the Premier League intends to have one game on Friday nights, eight across Saturday and Sunday and then one on Monday nights.

The Saturday 3pm TV blackout rule in the UK is no longer an issue and all games are poised to be shown live until the end of the season due to fans not being able to attend.

The 92 remaining fixtures will all take place behind closed doors, although discussions are still ongoing over certain aspects such as playing at neutral venues or just home grounds.

Last weekend saw the Bundesliga return in Germany, although the Scottish Premiership season was curtailed on Monday as they followed in the footsteps of Ligue 1 in France.