Serie A sides will be allowed to return to individual training on 4 May and team training on 18 May after the Italian prime minister announced the first steps in lifting the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
There are hopes Serie A fixtures could resume between 27 May and 2 June – with an end date for the season of early August.
However, there was no formal announcement on the possibility of when Serie A might resume, even behind closed doors.
Parks will also reopen in the country, which has Europe’s highest official death toll.
Italy reported 260 new deaths on Sunday – the lowest daily toll since 14 March.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a televised address stated that players would be able “to undertake training individually from 4 May, in groups from 18 May, and then we’ll evaluate if there are the conditions to allow the season to be completed”.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) hopes to begin testing players for the virus at the start of May to allow for a safe return to training and has already drawn up a medical protocol.
For the start of training, each club will form a group of players, technical staff, doctors and physiotherapists who will be tested and then isolated in a summer-style training camp.
There are also plans to donate five Covid test kits for each kit used by clubs to avoid the criticism that football is taking away much-needed resources from other areas.
Serie A was suspended on 9 March and a number of players tested positive for the virus. The league has insisted it is committed to finishing the season.
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