TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iranian champion Persepolis took a small but significant step closer to defending its Persian Gulf Pro League title, returning to the training pitch on Sunday after a hiatus of more than two months.
Under the tutelage of head coach Yahya Golmohammadi, the Tehran giants spent 70 minutes being put through their paces, with the country’s Pro League scheduled for a June 11 return, the-afc.com reported.
The return of Persepolis and other Iranian clubs to training is a major milestone on the road to football’s return, marking the first team-based activity for the league’s clubs since the sport was suspended in the country in early March.
Ten points clear with nine games remaining, Persepolis is well-placed to add this year’s title to the three in a row it has claimed in previous seasons, with Sepahan and Tractor currently their nearest challengers.
Several clubs reportedly underwent COVID-19 testing last Wednesday as the league edges toward a resumption.
Meanwhile, Reza Saeidi, the spokesman of Iran’s Sports Medicine Federation, said on Sunday that, of all COVID-19 tests carried out among the league’s players, only six Gol Gohar Sirjan players have tested positive.
As a result, Saeidi added that the Pro League side’s training resumption was called off by the team’s doctor, ion.ir wrote.
Saeidi said the players, whose infection is confirmed, will have to be quarantined for further treatment through the Health Ministry’s protocols.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews