Coronavirus: Roma to resume training as Serie A clubs eye return

Coronavirus: Roma to resume training as Serie A clubs eye return

"Athletes and non-athletes, of non-individual disciplines, just like any citizen, are allowed to practise individual sporting activities, in private and public areas, in respect of the interpersonal safety distance of at least two metres and in respect of the ban to gather in any form", the interior ministry said in a letter to local authorities.

Most Serie A sides have now scheduled players' returns to individual training, with Inter Milan, Atalanta and Bologna expecting to reopen their training camps on Tuesday.

Several regions that have avoided the worst of the pandemic have taken matters into their own hands and allowed clubs to open their facilities for players to train on their own.

On Saturday, Sassuolo became the first Serie A club to confirm it would be going back to training since the season was halted due to the coronavirus crisis.

The individual sessions will take place from Monday to Friday, with 6 athletes divided into three fields per hour (one athlete for each half of the field).

Serie A has been suspended since 9 March and the league and the Italian football federation both want to complete the season, although the Italian government says it has not yet decided whether it will give permission.

"An emergency health service will be guaranteed", it added.

The unpleasant surprise came from Italian officials to the players.

Roman clubs Lazio and Roma will also recommence individual training from Wednesday after players undergo medical examinations, while Napoli have also been given the go-ahead by the region of Campania.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has begun the process of easing lockdown measures, permitting restaurants to resume takeaway service this week.

But team training will not be allowed until 18 May at the earliest.

Spanish top-flight squads will return to training in phases this week, first individually, then moving to training in small groups and finally to full group training.

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