More Serie A teams training amid suggestions of neutral venues

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Players at Serie A champions Juventus were among those who returned to training following the coronavirus stoppage on Thursday amid suggestions that matches could be played at neutral venues if the league restarts.

Players were filmed and photographed arriving for individual training sessions including midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Rodrigo Bentancur and Federico Bernardeschi. They had reported back to the club’s training ground on Tuesday (May 5).

Some AC Milan and Lazio players also returned to their training grounds on Thursday.

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma told reporters, “Everything is fine” as he arrived by car, while Lazio players, most in protective face masks, gave a thumbs up to reporters as they arrived.

Media are not allowed inside to film or photograph training sessions.

The Italian government on Sunday (May 3) confirmed that professional athletes in both individual and team sports could start training.

However, it is still far from certain whether the government will allow Serie A to complete the season.

Sports ministry and Italian football federation (FIGC) officials are expected to meet this week to discuss medical guidelines for team training sessions and matches.

The FIGC has drawn up a detailed protocol for team training but it was criticised as insufficient by sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora last week.

There have been some suggestions over the last month that matches should be held at neutral venues in less affected regions to cut down on travelling and reduce the risk of infection.

On Tuesday, the mayors of Cagliari and Palermo both said in separate radio interviews that their cities would be happy to host Serie A matches as neutral venues.