Football clubs, Swansea City AFC and Cardiff City FC are due to return to training from next week.

This comes as Welsh Government confirmed all professional sportspeople can resume training in Wales as long as they follow social distancing protocols.

In a statement, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said Welsh athletes can return to their workplace as long as "reasonable measures" to maintain two metre distancing is in place.

Professional sporting fixtures like the Euro 2020, Six Nations and Guinness PRO14 have all been postponed due to the pandemic.

Swansea City said that from Monday, training "in small groups" will begin. The sessions will run for a maximum of 75 minutes and will be split over three pitches to enable social distancing.

Both teams said players will be tested for the virus before training restarts.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS emphasised that the current lockdown restrictions in Wales "require everyone to work from home where possible" but where that is not possible, workplaces should abide with social distancing measures.

In a professional sporting context, this means that training for our professional sportspeople can continue provided the clubs - as employers - can take all reasonable measures to maintain physical distancing in the workplace, whether that’s at a training ground or at a stadium.

Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

He added that guidance given to football clubs from the EFL and the Premier League is that they "should make a phased return to first team training when it is safe to do so, based on medical and scientific advice."

The minister also said that "sport will resume in the future, initially behind closed doors, providing a source of broadcast entertainment during a period when mass gatherings may not be feasible. As yet there are no firm timescales for this to happen."

German footballers in the Bundesliga returned to play matches last weekend. Fans were not allowed to attend.