Paul Barber says Albion's players are all on board with the return to training.

Stage one started this week – which means carefully controlled, no-contact work in small groups.

Things could step up a level after clubs meet next week.

Not all Premier League players are happy with going back to the training ground, Troy Deeney and N'Golo Kante being much-publicised examples.

Barber, Albion’s chief executive and deputy chairman, said he would be understanding of such worries.

He said: “We have done the best can to make sure our players have not only been involved in every step of the process but have been free to speak their own minds on every step of the process, either privately or publicly.

“We have encouraged that dialogue between the players and coaches, the players and Dan Ashworth, the players and myself.

“We checked (with players) before we voted on Monday. We went back to our two senior representatives, captain Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray, and made 100% certain they were comfortable with everything they had been told and everything they have seen and they were.

“But it is the first stage and it is really important that, as we mov to stage two and stage three, we bring the players with us.

“The players are the most important people in this process now and we've got to make sure that their fears are allayed wherever possible, that we make them feel as comfortable as possible, as quickly as possible, and that we continue to consult them at every single step and make sure that we give them the time to have all their questions answered.

“That's absolutely critical to moving towards the next two stages.”