Juventus player ‘given permission to fly to Turin’ despite Italian lock-down

According to Italian outlet Tuttosport the Juventus player has been given government permission to fly to Turin from Portugal despite the Italian lock-down.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in Portugal on a brief visit to celebrate his sister’s birthday in the company of his family. His mother, who recently suffered a stroke but from which she has recovered, is also in attendance.

The Juventus player will be returning to Turin on Thursday, despite the restrictions on travel in and out of Italy, with the country on lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The Portuguese government has prohibited flights from Portugal to Italy, however, according to Italian outlet Tuttosport, Cristiano Ronaldo has been given special permission to fly directly to Italy from Portugal on a private plane, avoiding the blockade.

According to Tuttosport, Cristiano Ronaldo will therefore be back training with Juventus on Thursday.

All games in Serie A are currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next game for Juventus will be their Champions League last-16 second leg against Lyon (Juve lost the first leg 1-0) on 17 March, expected to be played behind closed doors at the Juventus Stadium.