Italian government minister for sport and youth policies Vincenzo Spadafora has revealed that entire teams will be forced into quarantine if one player is to test positive for Coronavirus when team training resumes.

The Italian government have given the green light for teams to start training as a team again starting next Monday, which will be two weeks since players were able to train on an optional individual basis.

“The scientific committee asks for changes linked to the FIGC protocol: for example, to ensure that if a positive case should emerge during training, all the players and coaching staff remain in quarantine without any external contacts or that club doctors are responsible for implementation of the protocol,” he explained in an interview with Italian radio station Radio Rai 1 earlier on today.

“It also asks that molecular tests are at the expense of clubs and not the public: if the FIGC accepts these things, team training can start again.”

He was then asked when the 2019/20 campaign could resume if at all.

“When will the season be able to resume? The line of prudence is the right one. It’ll take at least another week to understand the contagion curve and then make a decision on the campaign.

“All team training will start again on May 18 and I’ll present the document tomorrow to ensure that all sports complexes safely reopen, starting with gyms, by the end of May.”

The season has now been on hold for over two months and it remains to be seen as to whether Serie A will follow in the footsteps of the German Bundesliga by restarting.

Reports in the media have speculated about potential return dates for a good few weeks now as well as ways the remainder of the season could possibly be played out in the event that it cannot be carried out as would have been typically the case.