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Troy Deeney: Watford captain says he will not return to training

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Troy Deeney has scored six goals in the Premier League this season

Watford captain Troy Deeney says he will not return to training because he fears for his family’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League teams are starting non-contact training from Tuesday.

Deeney does not want to put his baby, who has had breathing difficulties, “in more danger” and has raised concerns over the increased risk to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) players.

“We’re due back in this week, I’ve said I’m not going in,” Deeney, 31, said.

Watford are not due to train on Tuesday and it is understood the club do not have an issue with Deeney’s stance.

In an interview with The Times at the weekend, manager Nigel Pearson expressed his own concerns about the situation and said he would not insist on players reporting for training.

Speaking to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on Talk the Talk YouTube show,