Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann says coronavirus isn’t a ‘big concern’ for players

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann
Lehmann recently recovered from a bout coronavirus himself (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says footballers concerned about playing during the coronavirus pandemic will have to just ‘get on with it’ until a vaccine is discovered.

Earlier this week, the Government gave the Premier League the green light to return at the start of June behind closed doors, while ‘avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact’.

Whilst other European leagues such as the Eredivisie in the Netherlands and Ligue 1 in France have decided to cancel their domestic campaigns, Germany’s Bundesliga is due to restart on Saturday.

Lehmann, who recently made a full recovery from Covid-19 himself, urged players to get back on the pitch as he believes the virus is not a ‘big concern’ for fit and healthy athletes.

‘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.

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‘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.’

Newcastle United left-back Danny Rose slammed the Premier League’s plans for ‘Project Restart’ and isn’t in any hurry 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.’

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