Athletic Prepared To Return To Training On 4 May
Football could be back very soon. La Liga is planning for teams to return to training in early May in preparation to play games behind closed doors, but there will be strict guidelines in place to start. Clubs have already begun making arrangements and Athletic are ready to return to Lezama as soon as permission is granted.
If the government allows, the plan is for players to begin individually training at club facilities starting on 4 May. Part of the safety measures in place will require regular Covid-19 testing as well as players showering and changing at home because the locker rooms will be closed. Athletic will conduct the first few days similar to the preseason with medical tests and physicals being performed. In addition, the amount of players allowed at the training grounds will likely mean sessions will have to be staggered.
According to a report from Isaac Fuoto of Cope, players are expected to be allowed to train in small groups by 18 May and then as a full team by the first of June. In total, there will be a six week period of training before matches begin with protocols for conducting games behind closed doors provided in the middle of June.
Athletic manager Gaizka Garitano has already organized plans for the team to return to training with assistant coaches and fitness coaches grouped together to oversee the sessions. Initially, the goal will be to get the squad back in the best football shape possible following the long stoppage. Players have been training at home during the quarantine with individualized plans provided by the club and have had to document their health status every day. By next week, the Lions could finally be back at Lezama.