May 5, 2020 / 2:08 PM / a month ago

Barca players set for COVID-19 tests ahead of return to training

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Eibar - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - February 22, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona’s players will return to their training ground on Wednesday for the first time since early March to undergo testing for the coronavirus as La Liga clubs begin the path back to activity ahead of a planned return to action in June.

“The first team will return to the training ground on Wednesday to do the necessary tests before starting individual training in the next few days,” the Spanish champions said in a statement on Tuesday.

“After completing its inspection of the club’s facilities this morning, La Liga has given the green light to carry out these tests in order to guarantee the safety of the players.”

Barca’s last match was a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad on March 7, which took them two points clear of Real Madrid with 11 rounds of matches remaining in the league campaign.

La Liga’s organising body announced on Monday that all clubs would begin testing their players this week as part of the first phase of a four-step protocol to return to playing matches, without spectators, in June.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris

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