The eyes of the football world are fixed on Germany as the country’s Bundesliga are preparing for a restart next weekend.
And, with it already suffering a major setback, the powers that be there are determined to push forward nevertheless.
Dynamo Dresden, who plays in the second tier of German football, have put their entire squad and coaching staff into two-week isolation after two of their players tested positive for coronavirus.
The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are due to restart on Saturday May 16 and is still fully set to be the first European league to restart following the Covid-19 shutdown.
A spokesperson at Dresden said: “The fact is that we can no longer train nor participate in a game in the next 10 days or so”.
The decision was taken after laboratory samples revealed the news, although the two players concerned are currently free of any symptoms of the virus.
In a statement, the club’s sports manager, Ralf Minge, said; “In the past few weeks, we have made enormous efforts in terms of personnel and logistics in order to strictly implement all of the prescribed medical and hygienic measures.
“We are in contact with the responsible health authorities and the DFL to coordinate all further steps”.
Dresden was due to resume their season on May 17 at Hanover 96, but that match has now been cancelled due to the quarantine measures.
The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are set to resume behind closed doors – subject to strict safety checks.
The English Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ (Their plans to restart their season) was set to step up pace this week.
However, the revelation that three Brighton players tested ‘positive’ for coronavirus may well ‘kick’ those plans further down the road.