Five Footballers Test Positive For COVID-19 In Spain

Organising body La Liga said clubs in the top two divisions would resume training this week for the first time since activity was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and targeted resuming the season in June.

All players trained with the exception of Ousmane Dembele, who is recovering from a hamstring injury and is not registered to play for the rest of the season due to Barca signing Martin Braithwaite in February.

La Liga also announced that Sevilla, Villarreal, Osasuna, Leganes, and Barcelona and 7 teams from the second division league restarted training, adding that other clubs will start training tomorrow and Real Madrid will begin on Monday.

Spain has been one of the most-affected countries during the COVID-19 outbreak, though LaLiga hopes competitive games can return in mid-June.

"One of the objectives of these tests was to detect asymptomatic cases".

"LaLiga will continue to apply the Return to Training protocol approved by the CSD and Spanish Ministry of Health, in order to guarantee as much as possible the health and safety of all players, coaching staff and club employees".

La Liga has warned all participants of the training sessions to not relax the recommended safety measures at facilities or their homes to ensure the number of infections remains low.

"Many thanks for the messages of support, I tested negative on the PCR test and all I have are remains of antibodies which will be gone soon and soon other antibodies will appear telling me I am cured", he wrote on Twitter.

"I will be back soon, now to keep hitting the bike".

La Liga insists identifying infected players through positive tests are part of that plan.

The five players, who have not been officially named, will now be quarantined at home and tested again "in the next few days". The identities of the footballers are being kept anonymous in line with data protection rules in Spain.

Thomas Partey described Atletico Madrid's first training session since the suspension of football activities from coronavirus as "different", also saying the team "suffered a bit".

La Liga have confirmed that five players have tested positive, but all are asymptomatic.

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