Barca midfielder De Jong 'not ready to play yet'
Dutch international Frenkie de Jong said Thursday he was glad to resume training with Barcelona but is "not ready to play a game yet" after a two-month stoppage because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Spanish clubs began training in groups of 10 players on Monday, in line with health protocols, as La Liga took another step towards the planned resumption of the season next month.
"I was missing training, my team-mates, playing football and all that," De Jong said in an interview on the club website.
"Two or three months apart were a long time. It is always nice to meet up again after a separation for holidays or whatever, but it's normally just three weeks or so and this was almost three months."
Teams in the top two divisions in Spain returned to their training grounds earlier this month, with players initially working individually as part of La Liga's staggered programme.
"I don't think I'm ready to play a game yet. We still need a few weeks of training. First individually, then in small groups and then as a whole team.