La Liga: Messi, Hazard and others undergo COVID-19 tests

As La Liga clubs planned to return, Real Madrid and Barcelona Players started to undergo coronavirus tests on Wednesday to restricted training ahead of the proposed resumption of the season next month. 




Early Wednesday morning Lionel Messi, Barca captain and France international Antoine Griezmann were among players pictured arriving one by one in their cars at the club’s training centre.

Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema including Players at Madrid,, also underwent health checks at Real’s training base on the outskirts of the city.

Results from the coronavirus tests are typically known within 48 hours. The testing is part of the league’s strict medical protocol with which teams must comply before a return to training.

Atletico Madrid, who will also resume training immediately, also carry out tests Wednesday and aiming to, once the results are known if all goes to plan.

The first of a four-phase de-escalation programme announced by the Spanish government last week would allow players to initially train alone, with a maximum of six players allowed on the pitch.

Players will be expected to arrive on club premises already in their kit and wear a mask and gloves when not training. After each session they will be given a bag with clothes for the next day.

La Liga’s programme will then permit training in small groups before a return to larger team sessions.

In the fourth and final phase, scheduled for early June, the government have said outside events can go ahead when attended by fewer than 400 people.

La Liga is proposing to complete its season behind closed doors, with games starting again in the middle of June.

“People’s health is paramount, so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart La Liga,” league president Javier Tebas said on Monday.


“Circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our 19/20 season this summer.”

Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, with almost 26,000 deaths in the country according to the latest figures on Wednesday.

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