The Premier League is set to restart on Wednesday, June 17.

The top-flight clubs are discussing the resumption of the campaign at a meeting this afternoon, but it is being widely reported Project Restart will begin with the games in hand between Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal being played first.

The opening full round of fixtures – including the first of Watford’s nine games remaining this season – is then expected to be played over the weekend of June 19 to 21.

The Premier League was suspended on March 13 due to the coronavirous pandemic, but a resumption moved another step closer yesterday when clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training after taking the first steps with non-contact training last week.

A total of 12 people have so far tested for Covid-19 as a result of the 2,752 tests conducted across the league. These included Hornets defender Adrian Mariappa, who returned a positive test after the first round of testing along with two others from the club

Mariappa was back at London Colney on Tuesday for testing after seven days in isolation and the Hornets have confirmed he has now returned to training by releasing this video.

The Hornets are to set resume their campaign in 17th in the table, with only goal difference keeping them above the relegation zone after their last game ended in a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on March 7.

Nigel Pearson's men have five games to play at Vicarage Road - against Leicester City, Southampton, Norwich City, Newcastle United and Manchester City - and away trips to Burnley, Chelsea, West Ham United and Arsenal.