The Hornets captain who has refused to return to training has revealed the backlash of words he received for his decision while also taking a u-turn on his decision.
Troy Deeney has revealed people told him they wished “his baby son would contract coronavirus after he chose not to return to training.”
“I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying: ‘I hope your son gets corona’,” Deeney, 31, said.
“That’s the hard part for me. If you respond to that, people then go, ah, we’ve got him and they keep doing it.
“In a time where it’s all about mental health and everyone says speak up, speak out, please speak, Danny Rose spoke out and I spoke out and we just get absolutely hammered and battered for it.
“So people see that and go woah and it’s not just us that gets it, the missus gets direct messages and you’ll be walking down the street and people will be like: ‘Oh, I’m at work, you go back to work’.”
Deeney shunned training because of his son who has previously had breathing difficulties but has decided to revert his decision thus will return to training next week after speaking with England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam.
“He’s been doing very, very good research and there is a lot of goodwill on his part to tell me, ultimately, that I’m going to be looked after as best as they can and, ultimately, there is going to be some form of risk for all of us going back to work,” Deeney said.
“Lockdown and the social distancing measures coming down mean people will still always have risk.”
English clubs yesterday unanimously agreed to move to phase two of the “Project Restart” where clubs can now resume contact training but Watford will not resume group training until next week.