LaLiga confirms five new COVID-19 cases

LaLiga confirms five new COVID-19 cases

LaLiga confirms five new COVID-19 cases

Five players in Spain's top two divisions have tested positive for Covid-19, La Liga has confirmed.

All players trained with the exception of Ousmane Dembele, who is recovering from a hamstring injury and is not registered to play for the rest of the season due to Barca signing Martin Braithwaite in February.

Individual training is the second phase of La Liga's detailed protocol for returning to activity created to avoid players being infected with the virus.

An official statement said: "Specifically, between the LaLiga Santander [first division] and LaLiga SmartBank [second division] clubs, five positive cases have been detected in players, all of them asymptomatic and in the final phase of the disease, whose specific identity La Liga does not know in compliance with the laws on data protection".

Spain has been one of the most-affected countries during the COVID-19 outbreak, though LaLiga hopes competitive games can return in mid-June. "That way, we guarantee everyone's safety as we return to work and comply with rules on workplace safety", added the statement.

La Liga has warned all participants of the training sessions to not relax the recommended safety measures at facilities or their homes to ensure the number of infections remains low.

"I have tested negative for PCR and all I have are a few remains of antibodies that will soon pass and others will appear that will tell me that I am already cured".

It added that all the players who have been found to be coronavirus positive are symptomatic.

La Liga have confirmed that five players have tested positive, but all are asymptomatic.

"I will return to training soon but for now I'll have to keep training hard on the indoor bicycle".

"Thus, together with the medical tests carried out by clubs, a staggered return to training has been implemented that will start with players training alone and with group activities prior to the return to competition, scheduled for June".

LaLiga's reigning champions tweeted photos of them being put through their paces for the first time since sport across the majority of the globe was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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