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La Liga to start testing players for Covid-19 on Monday

  • Government gives the green light for players to be tested
  • Spanish top flight aiming to resume in June
  • Resumption dependent on approval from Ministry of Health
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Real Madrid and Barcelona could be playing in June with La Liga to start testing players for coronavirus (Getty Images)

The Spanish government has approved a protocol for sporting activity to resume in the country. The decision opens the door for La Liga clubs to start testing players for coronavirus on Monday which could lead to a return to training the following week.

The league is optimistic that testing players will be the first step towards a resumption of La Liga in mid-June. The decision is dependent on approval from the Ministry of Health and the numbers of people infected with coronavirus continuing to decline in Spain.

A taskforce meeting called by the Supreme Sports Council (CSD) and attended by the league, federation, players union and representatives from some clubs, alongside other sporting bodies, approved the protocol as part of a four-phase government plan to decrease the lockdown and move towards what Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez called “the new normality”.

A statement said the CSD had approved “almost the entirety” of proposals given to the government.

Decisions will continue to made by individual provinces. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have varied the 50 provinces in Spain which could affect how clubs proceed.

La Liga proposed a four-phase plan for a return to training beginning with individual work, progressing through small, eight-man groups to full team sessions.

The league intends to inspect club training grounds on Monday and Tuesday next week to ensure their readiness will tests carried out once they are satisfied.

People in Spain have been allowed outdoors for exercise for the first time this weekend. Professional athletes will be given permission to train alone from Monday.
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