Ramsey first back in Juventus practice, Ronaldo quarantined

MILAN: Welsh international Aaron Ramsey It was the first Juventus player to return to individual training at the team's sports center in Turin on Tuesday as Cristiano Ronaldo Quarantine began two weeks after returning to Italy.

Ronaldo flew to northern Italy in a private plane on Monday night after nearly two months in coronavirus confinement in his native Portugal.

Midfielder Ramsey joined Juventus this season after 11 years with Arsenal, and scored his fourth goal in their last game against Inter Milan behind closed doors before the championship was suspended on March 10.

Champions Juventus are leading Serie A, one point ahead of Lazio, as they target a ninth consecutive Scudetto.

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Captain Giorgio Chiellini Soon after, Ramsey, with fellow Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, wearing a black mask, arrived later in the afternoon.

The Italian Interior Ministry has given the go-ahead for players to return to the club's training facility two weeks ahead of schedule, offering a glimpse of hope that the 2019-20 season can still be saved.

But sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora warned that group training should wait until May 18, and it is unclear whether matches can restart as the country struggles with a pandemic that has killed more than 29,000.

A realistic prediction can be made in mid-May, Spadafora said in an interview with Corriere della Sera on Tuesday, denying that he wanted to stop the season.

It would be surreal for a sports minister to demonize football, he said.

Most Italians do not appreciate the resumption of the championship.

But I am not looking at polls at the moment. Soccer is an important world in this country, I know it very well compared to those who want to give a different message.

I hope to start again, but the government will decide. We will rely on scientific elements, which are not available today.

There is no opposition from me, but the desire to evaluate the restart only if the health of people within the team group is protected.

If the government is forced, I hope not, to establish that there are no conditions (to resume), my effort will be twofold: to limit the financial damage to the clubs and to support the entire world of sports.

Between ordinary and extraordinary resources, we will invest around one billion euros for the sector as a whole.