Troy Deeney has said he will not be returning for phase one training with Watford this week, after he was informed the club would begin their preparations for the resumption of the Premier League.

On Monday morning clubs voted unanimously in favour of a return to training in small groups, starting on Tuesday afternoon, but Deeney is not expected to attend.

The Hornets' skipper currently lives in Warwickshire and, with phase one of the return to training still limiting the amount of contact and work the team can do together, Deeney feels the trip to London Colney poses an unnecessary risk for little benefit and will instead continue his preparations at home.

The 31-year-old also still has concerns about the way the coronavirus disproportionately affects people from a BAME background and has again made claims that simple questions had not been answered by the Premier League.

Speaking to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew for their Talk the Talk podcast, Deeney said he would not be attending training, while also addressing comments made by Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton, who previously suggested Deeney was looking for the financial benefit of having the league abandoned.

"We're due back in this week. I've said I'm not going in," he said.

"We're all in this week - every Premier League club, at some point, they're back in.

"I've said personally I'm not going back in. It's nothing personally to do with, I know Joey mentioned it, It's nothing to do with financial gain. Hand on heart, if I were to go into full detail about my personal situation, everyone here would go 'no problem, I fully understand what you're saying'.

"Within the meeting, I've asked very simple questions - for black, Asian and mixed ethnicity, you're four times more likely to get the illness and are twice as likely to have long lasting illnesses, is there any additional screening, heart stuff to see if anyone has got problems from that? No. Okay, well I feel like that should be addressed."

Deeney also spoke about the risk he feels returning could potentially pose to his young son, who was born only a matter of months ago.

He believes that the stringent measures in place at the training ground could negatively impact on his family's health.

"While we are getting tested and while we are going to be in a very safe environment, it only takes one person to get infected within a group for that to be a one to six ratio and again, I don't want to be bringing that home," he said.

"I've just had a son, my son is five months old, he had breathing difficulties, so I don't want to come home to put him in more danger.

"You've got to drive in in your own kit, you can't have showers, so there's a hygiene aspect with that. Then you've got to drive home in the same dirty kit and if you have been contaminated, I don't know if it can be passed through clothes, they couldn't really answer that question, but if I'm putting that clothing in with my son's clothing or my missus' clothing, it's more likely to be in and around the house and I just said the simplest thing.

"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 and no one could answer the questions - not because they didn't want to, it's just because they don't know the information, so I said, 'if you don't know the information, why would I put myself at risk?'"