Serie A players undergo first tests ahead of training restart

Serie A players undergo first tests ahead of training restart

Serie A players underwent their first preparatory tests and medicals ahead of a return to individual training this week.

Clubs were allowed to re-open their training grounds this week after getting the go-ahead from the government as the nation-wide lockdown was partly relaxed on Monday in Italy’s “phase two” protocol.

Sassuolo players were the first to get back to training on Monday, with three players and three staff members present at their Mapei Center training ground.

 

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Juventus had a first batch of players undergo tests at their J Medical Center in Turin, including Aaron Ramsey, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to fly back into Italy on Monday and will be tested in the coming days alongside other players returning from abroad such as Matthijs de Ligt and Gonzalo Higuain.

Roma also reopened their Trigoria training ground today with Edin Dzeko among the first players to undergo medicals and preparatory tests, which will be completed before the first individual training sessions start on Thursday.

Most Serie A sides have now scheduled players’ returns to individual training, with Inter Milan, Atalanta and Bologna expecting to reopen their training camps on Tuesday.

There have been no matches in Serie A since March 9
There have been no matches in Serie A since March 9

However, all 20 sides are likely to have to wait until May 18 to start their first group training sessions under strict instructions from the Italian Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora.

KEPA STILL HAPPY WORKING WITH LAMPARD

KEPA STILL HAPPY WORKING WITH LAMPARD

Kepa Arrizabalaga has underlined his commitment to Chelsea and insists his relationship with manager Frank Lampard is healthy.

Chelsea paid £71.m – a world-record fee – to sign Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in August 2018, but Lampard favoured backup Willy Caballero earlier this season, leading to speculation about his future. 

But Kepa told Marca: “The relationship with Frank is very good. “He has shown me confidence from the first moment. He must make decisions, but I feel I have his confidence, both his and that of the whole club. We all like to play in every game.

“It is true that, in the last 10 years, Chelsea is the English team that has won the most titles, and I think we should have that ambition. In fact, I came here for that and in the first season, we already achieved the Europa League. We have a young team. 

“Then came the penalty of not signing players (the transfer ban) but you have to keep fighting for titles. I want to win everything with Chelsea and with the national team.”