Chukwueze, Etebo To Return To Training After La Liga Resumption Plans Get Government Greenlight

Super Eagles trio Samuel Chukwueze, Ramon Azeez and Oghenekaro Etebo could be back in training within days at their respective La Liga sides after the Spanish government acceded to the league’s resumption plans.

The trio who play for Villarreal, Granada and Getafe respectively – with Etebo on loan from Championship club Stoke City – will be subjected to daily tests before training.

The measures are part of an extensive safety protocol designed by the league to ensure players, coaches and staff do not cause the spread of the virus. 

Football in Spain was suspended indefinitely in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Spain’s topflight aims to resume in mid-June behind closed doors and a detailed protocol has been created for the return to training so proper health safeguards are observed.

There are 11 rounds of matches remaining, with Barcelona two points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Etebo’s fifth-placed Getafe are in the hunt for Champions League qualification and are level on 46 points with fourth-placed Real Sociedad who occupy the last qualification spot.

Meanwhile, Chukwueze’s Villarreal and Azeez’s Granada who are tied on 38 points in 9th and 10th place respectively are seven points behind a Europa League spot.

Spain has announced a four-phase plan to lift the country’s stringent lockdown and, during ‘phase zero’ from 4-11 May, professional sports leagues can go back to training.

Part of La Liga’s strict protocols involve training sessions progressing from individual to small group and then team training.

Players, coaches and staff will have to be tested before individual training begins and then have daily testing.

On Tuesday, the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons were deemed after France banned all sporting events, including without spectators, until September.

European leagues have until 25 May to tell European football’s governing body Uefa whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons.