Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Italy after being locked down in his native Portugal for almost two months amid coronavirus pandemic.
He will now have to be in mandatory home quarantine for two weeks before getting back to business.
This news brought about more than a glimmer of Europe about the sport resuming sometime next month as players from La Liga Santander are scheduled to start training alone following medical tests carried out by club staff.
While Italy and Spain – two of the hardest-hit countries in Europe with the virus attack – are yet to put a date to completion of their respective leagues, Germany appeared well-prepared as their health minister backed the Bundesliga’s plan to resume in 10 days time with final approval on the league’s return due on Wednesday.
As per media reports in Italy, Ronaldo landed in Turin airport late last night in his private jet from the Portuguese island of Madeira. The 35-year old will now spend two weeks in quarantine.
Serie A sides have returned to individual training on Monday with Juventus recalling their 10 overseas players.
It is hoped that Serie A fixtures could resume between May 27 and June 2 – with an end date for the season of early August.
However, no formal date has been announced for the resumption of the league, even before empty stands.
Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and Serie A has been suspended since March 9.