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Jamilu Collins eye return to football with German Bundesliga set to restart this month

Super Eagles defender Jamilu Collins is nearing a return to football as German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that the Bundesliga season will restart this month.

Although a tentative date for resumption is to be confirmed by the German Football League (DFL) on Thursday, the German Bundesliga will become Europe’s first major football league to resume playing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany has banned large events until 24 October, meaning games will be played behind closed-doors, but the DFL has developed a safety plan that would see about 300 people during matches, to minimise the risk of infection of coronavirus.

All matches will be played behind closed doors.

amilu Collins may be relegated from the Bundesliga with Paderbon at the end of the season
Jamilu Collins may be relegated from the Bundesliga with Paderborn at the end of the season (CREDIT: Getty Images)

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The earliest possible resumption date is between May 15 and May 22.

Despite 10 players testing positive from the top two German divisions from 1,724 coronavirus tests, the DFL has made plans to accommodate incidents of players or staff testing including infected people isolating themselves, but the DFL’s plan does not require isolation of full-squad.

The league has asked clubs to resume with a big squad that can be filled up with reserve or under-19 players.

The DFL also pointed towards financial problems if the league does not resume by June.

Players returned to training last month, with the DFL initially saying the league would be ready to resume on 9th May.

With nine games remaining, Jamilu Collins’ Paderborn are bottom of the table and risk a return to Germany’s second division while Bayern Munich are top of the table, four points clear of rivals Borussia Dortmund.

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