Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says contact training "has to come as quickly as possible" into the Premier League.

Players and managers from England's top-flight clubs were briefed on proposals for the reintroduction of contact training today, with club executives due to vote on them at a shareholders' meeting on Wednesday.

Giving the green light to stage two of training will be another landmark moment in the league's 'Project Restart' plans, with a return to action in mid-June the ultimate goal.

Wilder has been impressed by the success of Germany's Bundesliga in getting competitive action up and running, and believes there is now "light at the end of the tunnel".

"There's an enormous amount of enthusiasm in this country to watch football and I think (the Bundesliga) is a great gauge of what the Premier League will be like when we get back," he told the club's official website.

"There are an awful lot of opinions flying about but thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel that we can all get back to normality in terms of our working.

"The authorities are obviously trying to get through phase one as quickly as possible, they talked about it as a minimum of seven days and if it goes to plan, they will assess it.

"It's an ongoing scenario from day-to-day, it has the ability to pause and change with certain situations that may happen. They want to roll out things out quickly and as safely as possible and keep everyone on board.

"Step two is contact and making the groups bigger and that has to come as quickly as possible to accelerate the small sided games, 11-vs-11 and then the return to playing."

The Premier League proposals for contact training will be based on guidance published by the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on Monday.

That guidance recommends contact being gradually built up, first among clusters of two to three players, increasing to groups of four to 12 players before ultimately a return to full team training.

It also recommends meticulous record-keeping of any close contact - defined as anything which occurs within the two-metre social distancing boundary - so that in the event of a positive test, contacts can easily be traced.

Stage one training - involving small groups observing social distancing - was introduced last Tuesday - the day after clubs voted in favour of the protocols.

Testing will continue to take place twice a week, with the next set of Premier League results due to be published on Wednesday. All plans remain contingent on the number of players testing positive for the coronavirus staying low.

The second round of testing returned two positives — with Bournemouth saying one of their players was now self-isolating. The first batch returned six cases.

No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the government has given the green light for elite sport to resume from 1 June, including the top-flight football. The league had signalled 12 June as a potential start date but it now looks likely to be much later in the month.

If the contact training protocols are approved, a further shareholders' meeting is scheduled for Thursday when clubs will look at wider issues.

The shareholders will discuss the business aspects of Project Restart, including a possible broadcast rebate and what to do if the season has to be curtailed.

Once games do restart, they will be held behind closed-doors but the league has yet to decide whether they will be played in the normal home and away fashion or at neutral venues.