Fiorentina record six coronavirus cases

Three Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as three members of the back-up staff, the Serie A club has confirmed.

The tests were carried out ahead of a return to training after a two-month stoppage because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, a club statement said on Thursday.

Florence-based Fiorentina did not name the players and said optional individual training would continue for the rest of the squad.

Three other Fiorentina players, Patrick Cutrone, German Pezzella and Dusan Vlahovic, suffered contagion in March, but the club said they had a negative test on Tuesday.

"The club has proceeded, as per protocol, to isolate those involved," it said.

Serie A clubs were given permission by the Italian government to restart training this week as part of an easing of lockdown measures although players can only train individually.

The league is hoping to resume in May or June but that depends on permission from the government.

But Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello said his entire squad opposes the resumption.

While most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week, last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.

"We all know someone who has been directly hit by the tragedy. We've realised how little it takes to ruin a family," Gastaldello told Italian daily La Repubblica.

""We don't feel safe. I'm speaking for me and for my teammates. If the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured, it's not worth it anymore. We're afraid."