Messi, Suarez and Barcelona teammates have returned to training

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Retrieved 08 May 2020, 17:28 IST

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Credit for Lionel Messi’s training: Twitter (@FFC Barcelona)

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and their Barcelona teammates returned to training on Friday.

The squad was medically tested and after inspecting the Ciutat Esportiva, Bar্সa was allowed to begin separate sessions, with the squad divided into three pitches to ensure that social-distance requirements were properly met.

Players were told to reach their decorations and go straight to their designated pitch, returning home as soon as the session was over without entering the modified room. They have trained at different times and will follow a similar routine on Saturday.

The reigning champions of La Liga have tweeted that for the first time, sports have been suspended across much of the world due to the viral epidemic they are supposed to have.

Striker Suarez, who has been sidelined since January due to a knee injury, tweeted: “Good to be back!”

Spain was one of the worst-hit countries during the Covid-19 outbreak, although La Liga hopes the competitive game could return in mid-June.