Melbourne City FC’s Hyundai A-League side will return to training on Wednesday as they prepare to complete the 2019/20 season.
The full men’s squad completed their screening in the lead up to the first session, including COVID-19 testing, daily declaration of health by self-assessments and standard physical testing.
With almost three months between the last match against Newcastle and the first session back, the period has allowed the group to recoup for a strong tilt towards the Finals Series.
Most notably, Richard Windbichler’s hamstring injury has seen him fully recover. This has seen Jack Hendry’s injury replacement period end, with the Celtic loanee returning to his parent club.
The Club’s international players bar Adrian Luna have remained in Australia during the COVID break period including Windbichler, Florin Berenguer, Markel Susaeta, and Craig Noone which will allow them to commence training on the 15th.
Luna had returned to Mexico to spend the period with family, but the midfielder is expected to return to Australia to serve his mandatory 14-day isolation period before returning to full training.
With social distancing still enforced, City’s coaching and select admin staff will also be required to undergo the same COVID testing and assessments as the league looks to return to play. A range of equipment and session precautions will be undertaken with the safety of all members of the group in mind.
Matches against Western United, Adelaide United and Sydney FC remain on City’s schedule with the league close to finalising a final fixture for the three regular season matches and Finals Series.
With strict protocols around training and social distancing in place at CFA Melbourne, fans are reminded to respect the rules and help the Club to return to the pitch fit, firing and healthy.