Albion have the green light to resume group training.

But it is very much a case of one step at a time as Premier League clubs eye a restart of their season next month - on a date yet to be finalised.

The 20 top-flight outfits unanimously approved health and safety protocols for the first stage of training when they met yesterday.

They are following in the path of leagues in Germany, who played their first games since the lockdown at the weekend, and Italy and Spain, both of whom have returned to some sort of training. Players must practise social distancing at all times with contact training not permitted at this stage.

Testing for coronavirus at top-flight clubs has taken place over the last two days and will continue throughout the training period and the return to match action.

This initial phase was always expected to be approved by clubs.

Albion are happy with arrangements for the first stage of training but are still going over details of restrictions which will be in place for stage two.

They will only vote in favour of stage three, or a return to playing, when they are sure the club as a whole is ready for matches behind closed doors.

Clubs are still expected to be allowed to play remaining fixtures at their own stadia although no announcement was made on that after yesterday’s meeting.

The league was suspended on March 13 but no date for a resumption has yet been fixed.