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Real Madrid return to training after coronavirus shutdown

The footballers arrived to Valdebebas on Monday morning in two groups. One arrived at 09:00 and the next at 11:00 as training resumed after coronavirus lockdown lifted.

Real Madrid return to training after coronavirus shutdown
Real Madrid

60 days after the Trey Thompkins' coronavirus test came back positive, Real Madrid returned to Valdebebas. Javier Tebas announced that LaLiga were eyeing the 12 June as the day they want football back in our lives and Zidane and the players now have a target to aim for. Dupont, Zidane's fitness coach, has put together a preseason routine and Madrid are a work in progress. The first session post-coronavirus started at 10:00 on Monday morning but starting at 09:00, the players were arriving including Ramos, Kroos, Lucas Vázquez, Modric, Hazard, Casemiro, Bale, Carvajal, Nacho and Altube. Protocol only allows individual sessions to be carried out and without contact with anyone. The session lasted just one hour and was all physical work.

At 11, the second group started their training session. This group included: Mariano, Asensio, Rodrygo, Mendy and Valverde. They did some work with the ball after the first group had left the field and while they didn't wear masks, the technical staff involved did.

Madrid mindful of return to training protocol

In Valdebebas, they are doing their utmost to avoid the potential spreading of the virus after the good news that nobody had tested positive during the first round of testing last Wednesday. They are using various different training fields to ensure there are no more than 6 players on the field at the same time and always with an eye on the rules regarding distancing. They did, however, arrived for training in their gear from home.

The players had ramped up their respective training in recent days with an eye on training at Valdebebas. In that sense, training on Monday was just a modified version of what they had been doing at home recently. The main thing at this early stage of the return is to avoid injuries. There is a risk of overloading the players too quickly and they would prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to this aspect of their return.