Project Restart comes up on Wednesday evening when Aston Villa host Sheffield United before Arsenal head to the Etihad Stadium in the first English top-flight matches in 100 days.
Pep Guardiola is praying Manchester City can avoid injuries as he does not believe Premier League players are ready for the frantic return from the coronavirus suspension.
Former assistant Mikel Arteta’s side will provide an interesting test for Guardiola, who is juggling a variety of challenges..
“We cannot use the ice baths – it is not allowed!” Guardiola said with a laugh. “So, I don’t know now. We are going to do the best for them, take care of them, try to organise and do the best facilities for the players to be fit.
‘’But you know the other leagues, the last minutes, how they suffer the players to arrive in the last minute and how difficult it is to recover and play the other game.
“The problem is not to play one game, the first one, even the second one.
‘’It’s with the lack of recovery, you have to play another game with a lack of physical training or physical condition or being prepared. That is a problem.
‘’But we have to adapt so there is not another issue, pray a little bit and be lucky that our staff, me, myself as a head coach, try and take the right decisions about the players who believe they can play more minutes than the other one.
”That is the main target of this period.”
Guardiola plans to rotate and will treat the likes of Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte carefully after injury-hit seasons.