Pepe leads the way as Porto and Benfica return to training with plans to resume the season on May 30
IMAGE: Pepe leads the way as Porto and Benfica stars return to training with plans for Portugal’s top flight to start over on May 30, after players got back to work
- Poto and Benfica are the newest European teams returning to training
- They were locked in a two-horse race for the title before football was suspended
- The Portugal Primeira Liga plans to take action again by the end of May
- The country has a lower death rate for Covid-19 and is easing its restrictions
Porto and Benfica are the latest European teams to return to training with Portugal’s Primeira Liga ready for a possible return on May 30.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced last Thursday that football may resume by the end of the month, but will require approval from the Department of Health.
The country’s top flight was suspended on March 12, while Porto led defending champion Benfica to a point in an exciting two-horse race for the title.
Porto’s Pepe is pictured returning to training as the Primeira Liga appears to be heading back
His fellow defender and teammate Ivan Marcano was also seen on the training ground
Vitor Ferreira was another player from Porto who arrived on the training field on Monday
Former Real Madrid player Pepe was noticed when he arrived on Porto’s training field, while Benfica manager Bruno Lage waved when he arrived at his club’s base.
With 10 games remaining, the division could be one of the first to return to action, while Germany, Sweden and Poland are also planning to resume the games.
The Netherlands, France and Belgium have already decided to cancel their top flight seasons. Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge receive the titles, while Ajax, who was on top of the goal in the Eredivisie, was denied the opportunity to be crowned champion.
Benfica manager Bruno Lage waved when he arrived at the current champion’s training camp
Teams in Germany have been training for almost a month, regularly completing tests of players and staff.
However, there has been controversy after Cologne continued to train in small groups, despite three staff testing positive for coronavirus last week.
All Bayern Munich players and staff tested negative and were given the green light to resume training while adhering to the social distance rules.
As a possible return for the Bundesliga, a date of May 16 has been issued, but that will be decided on Wednesday.
Some Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Tottenham, have returned to isolated training sessions with players doing individual sessions apart from their teammates.
Portugal is starting to reduce its Covid-19 restrictions as the country has a relatively low death rate compared to other European countries.
They reported 25,045 coronavirus cases and 989 deaths, while their hospital bed capacity remained below 65 percent during the pandemic.