Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to head to Italy imminently as he prepares to rejoin his Juventus teammates after almost two months in his native Portugal, where he has been supporting his fragile mother since Serie A was suspended.
Ronaldo originally flew to Madeira at the start of March when his mother, Dolores Aveiro, suffered a stroke, briefly returning to help Juventus beat Inter Milan 2-0 at home in their last match before sport in Italy was suspended due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He headed back to the island in the aftermath of the club returning to the top of Serie A, watching Aveiro continue her recovery while Italy became the worst-hit country in Europe by Covid-19.
Reports suggested that Ronaldo had insisted he would stay in quarantine in Portugal after learning that teammate Daniele Rugani, who had been part of the Juve squad a few days earlier, had become one of the first players to test positive for the deadly disease.
No date has been confirmed for the return of professional football in a country where many matches initially continued behind closed doors in front of mask-wearing fans as the extent of the outbreak worsened, but Serie A sides are believed to be resuming individual training on May 18.
Major sporting events seem a distant prospect as the number of confirmed cases