Italy's footballers hope to return to training in May

The Italian football federation hopes that players can be tested for the new coronavirus at the start of May to prepare for the season to restart, it's president Gabriele Gravina has said.

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Serie A has been suspended since March 9th due to the coronavirus outbreak and it is still not clear when, or indeed if, the season can resume.

There are still 12 rounds of matches to be played, plus several outstanding fixtures.

Gravina told Sky Sport Italia that he was still determined for the season to be completed no matter how long it took.

"As soon as the conditions are right, we'll finish the championship," he said.

"Soon, there will be a meeting, we will establish the procedure which we will then communicate. We will start, I hope, at the beginning of the month (May) with tests to ensure that players are negative and the training can follow.

"Will we play through the summer? We don't have a deadline but the idea is to finish the championships."

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