Portuguese clubs return to individual training before possible restart

LISBON: Players in Portuguese clubs, including Benfica and Porto returned to individual training on Monday as the Primeira Liga prepares for a possible restart of the season during the coronavirus pandemic.

Portugal's first flight has been closed since mid-March, but the country's Prime Minister, Antonio Costa , said last week that the Primeira Liga and the Portuguese Cup final were the only exceptions to a ruling that has kept all other professional sport suspended.

All training matters. Even the training that we are going to have to do, for a while, in individual sessions, said Benfica coach Bruno Lage .

Porto led reigning champions Benfica by one point when the season was suspended with 10 matches remaining.

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France's Ligue 1 was the highest-profile league season that ended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, while the Netherlands also chose to scrap the rest of their Eredivisie campaign.

But as same as Portugal , teams in Italy, Germany, Spain and England are preparing for a possible return to action.