COVID-19: Ronaldo missing as Serie A players return to training

Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, was missing as Serie A clubs resumed training on Monday, after two months of COVID-19 lockdowb.

Ronaldo has been recalled from Portugal, as Italian clubs get back to individual training, but doubts remain over whether the championship can return.

Ronaldo returned from the Portuguese island of Madeira and will have to spend two weeks in quarantine.

Sports minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, has warned that although individual training can resume, training in groups must wait until May 18.

“Nothing has changed compared to what I have always said about football,” said Spadafora.

“Team training will not resume before May 18 and the resumption of the championship, for now, is not really discussed.”

Spadafora added, as if to confirm his difficult relationship with professional football: “Now excuse me, but I’m returning to take care of all the other sports and sports centres (gymnasiums, dance centres, swimming pools) which must reopen as soon as possible.”

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