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Serie A clubs set to return to training in May

Serie A could resume in May with the season concluding in August
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Serie A could resume in May with the season concluding in August

Serie A clubs will be allowed to return to individual training on 4 May and team training on 18 May. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced the first steps in lifting the country's lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Serie A was suspended on 9 March and a number of players tested positive for the virus.  The league has insisted it is committed to finishing the season, with hope that Serie A matches could resume between 27 May and 2 June and the season concluding in August.

Conte said in a televised address that players would be able "to undertake training individually from 4 May, in groups from 18 May, and then we’ll evaluate if there are the conditions to allow the season to be completed".

He added: “Right now, we need to complete all the discussions to ensure that if we do reach that stage, we’ll do so in the utmost safety and security. We are passionate about sport and don’t want our athletes to get sick.

"I'm passionate for football. Like many Italians, I initially found it strange that the championship could be interrupted or suspended but I think that even the most ardent fan understands that there wasn't an alternative."

Phase Two of the the lockdown in Italy is planned to begin on 4 May with the easing of restrictions. Social distancing of at least one metre will be enforced which extends to two metres when exercising.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is reportedly planning to begin testing players for coronavirus at the start of May to allow for a safe return to training. 

Under their proposals, before the start of training, each club will form a group of players, technical staff, doctors and physiotherapists who will be tested and then isolated in a summer-style training camp.
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