Soccer balls not seen: Serie A teams train individually

ROMA: There are no soccer balls. No contact with teammates. And without entering the locker room.

One by one, Serie A players are returning to training camp this week under a strict set of guidelines amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Ten Sassuolo players were the first to return on Monday, with each player working on his own at the club's training facility. The players spread out over various fields, some had a full field for them, and they only performed light running drills with no ball involved.

Another 10 Sassuolo players were due to train on Tuesday, when the league leader Juventus , Atalanta, Bologna and Udinese were also restarted.

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There is a great desire to resume the game and the return to training, even individually, was definitely positive because the players are gradually returning to their jobs, whether the season is resumed or not, said Damiano Tommasi, president of Italian football. . players association.

After being screened for the virus, licensed players are showing up at training centers that are already dressed for practice and then immediately leave to shower at home.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back in Turin late Monday after spending most of the lockdown at home in Madeira, Portugal, meaning he'll now have to spend 14 days in isolation before reporting to Juventus for training.

AC Milan has been the only major hurdle thus far, seeking further clarification from health and government officials before calling on its players to train.

While football officials hope to resume the season in June without fans, the Italian government has yet to give the go-ahead for the remaining 124 games.

The government is waiting for soccer officials to review its protocol to find out what to do if a player or team member becomes infected after returning to training: quarantine the entire team, which could result in the suspension of the season, or only to the positive player or team member.

The team's training will resume on May 18 if the protocol is approved, he said. Vincenzo Spadafora , Italy The sports minister. We should have an answer by the end of the week.

The Italian government is likely to be watching to see what Germany decides on Wednesday when it restarts the Bundesliga.

I will do everything I can to make Series A resume safely, Spadafora said. At the same time, however, I can't tell you now if it can be restarted within a month or mid-June.

At least 15 Serie A players have tested positive for the virus since the league was suspended on March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. Juventus standout Paulo Dybala and Atalanta reserve goalkeeper Marco Sportiello were reportedly still positive after several weeks of testing.

Some 4.4 million Italians were allowed to return to work on Monday and more people ventured after movement restrictions were lowered for the first time in nearly two months.

Hay 12 rondas restantes en la Serie A, más cuatro partidos que se pospusieron desde la 25ª ronda. Además, las semifinales de la Copa de Italy fueron interrumpidas después de los partidos de ida.

The only certainty is that nobody has answers, Tommasi said, and therefore it is even more difficult to make decisions and know what to do.