After USA and Italy, Spain has one of the highest COVID-19 related fatalities in the last couple of months. Almost 213,000 Spanish citizens tested positive for coronavirus with a death count of 24,000 plus. However, the coronavirus Spain situation has improved in recent weeks with infection rates and fatality counts decreasing steadily. The Spanish government has reportedly given the green light for LaLiga clubs to begin training from May 4 onwards with certain guidelines.
OFFICIAL: Players are allowed to train individually from the 4th of May. The plan after that is to allow small groups to train together from the 18th of May extending to 8 players a week later. LaLiga is expected to return behind closed doors on either the 5th or 12th of June. pic.twitter.com/nCgUgholr0— Real Madrid News (@onlyrmcfnews) April 28, 2020
While speaking to Movistar+, Spanish top-flight President Javier Tebas revealed that he was keen to see LaLiga return in June. He was quoted as saying "I hope the league can resume in mid-June. There is time, no need to run. In June we can start the competition again. We have until June 28. We look forward to starting training again, we will see the date, but I see that we can finish the competition, which is very important."
Reports in the Spanish media claim that players and staff must undergo an RT-PCR test for the virus and a serology test before returning to training as part of Phase 1 of LaLiga's protocol. Phase 2 consists of individual training and could begin as soon as May 6, while Phase 3 involves training in small groups of up to eight players. Phase 4 is a full-blown training program with the entire squad, which will take place two weeks before LaLiga returns.
LaLiga President, Javier Tebas on Ligue 1 cancellation:— Ayodeji Ayodeji (@AyodejiX2) April 28, 2020
"I don't understand why there would be more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line, being on a fishing boat on the high seas." pic.twitter.com/bGUchzLcXQ