Watford head coach Nigel Pearson has revealed that the club are offering coronavirus tests to the family members of both players and staff after returning to training this week.

The Hornets found themselves at the centre of the Premier League's struggle to resume when three people from the club, including defender Adrian Mariappa, tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of the week.

Players and staff were tested again today ahead of a crunch meeting on Tuesday afternoon, where contact training protocol will be discussed, as the league looks to pencil in a potential restart date.

Pearson also revealed that the league has upped the number of tests carried out per session in order to test as many people as possible.

"We've given people opportunities to have the tests," he said.

"Whatever the Premier League have done is one thing and, to be fair to them what they have done this week is move the number (of tests) from 40 to 50.

"Clearly there needs to be dialogue as we go along in terms of how things are working. Today's tests the number was up to 50 but then on top of that, we are testing our own staff and offering opportunities for people to have family members tested as well.

"All these things together are a part of how we complement what the Premier League are doing to try and give some reassurance to the players and to the staff members who are working very hard to try and get this season back up and running."

With clubs now back in some form of training, the Premier League remain keen to have teams playing again next month.

However, despite Pearson claiming training was "as safe as it can be," he still has some concerns about resuming so soon and said there were some questions that would first need to be answered.

The Watford boss also admitted he did not feel quite right discussing football at the moment, considering what is happening elsewhere in the country.

"It’s more a question of whether there’s a necessity to meet the Government’s guidelines rather than get the season completed in a timeframe that suits," he said.

"We’ve got until almost the end of August to finish the season. When we need to restart is debateable.

“There’s still a few unanswered questions and that’s something that is a concern for some players and I respect their views.

“As far as the players are concerned the BAME question is still something they don’t have enough assurances about.

“One of the other things, it’s not just about the players but their wider families.

“I find it awkward to talk about football when we’re in such a difficult situation. It doesn’t seem right to be talking too much about football when we’ve got so many fatalities."