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Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic opens up on Hertha Berlin training with Bundesliga set for May return

Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic reveals insight into how Hertha Berlin have been training as Bundesliga could return behind closed doors next month: ‘There’s no tackling, no contact so we’re keeping to all the rules’ 

Marko Grujic confirmed that Hertha Berlin have returned to training this week, albeit with non-contact measures in place.

The midfielder is on loan at Hertha from Premier League leaders Liverpool, with the Bundesliga club currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak across the world.

Yet with the Bundesliga looking to return to action in the beginning of May, Hertha have reopened their Schenckendorffplatz training facility and have begun light training once again. 

Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic revealed Hertha Berlin have returned to light training this week 

The Berlin club, who play at Germany's Olympic stadium (above), have not played since March

The Berlin club, who play at Germany’s Olympic stadium (above), have not played since March

The 23-year-old midfielder told The Athletic: ‘We were back out on the pitches from Monday. We’ve been working in groups of eight players on the two pitches. There’s enough space between us so we’re not too close.

‘It feels good to have a ball at my feet again. There’s no tackling, no contact so we’re keeping to all the rules. 

‘We use the locker room, but only for a short time and we don’t shower there. It’s a small step forward, but it’s much better than staying at home.’ 

Grujic (left) revealed that tackling and contact with other players is banned in training

Grujic (left) revealed that tackling and contact with other players is banned in training 

 Hertha’s playing squad were tested for coronavirus for a second time on Thursday, after two members of the club were declared positive for the virus during the first round of testing. 

Grujic revealed that full training would resume as normal if no member of the squad tested positive this time around.  

He added: ‘As long as no-one else is positive we should be able to start team training next week. 

The Hertha Berlin squad have been tested for coronavirus for a second time this week

The Hertha Berlin squad have been tested for coronavirus for a second time this week

 ‘It’s the second time I’ve been tested. Thankfully so far I feel fine.’

Hertha Berlin sit in 13th place in the Bundesliga, but Alexander Nouri’s side lie only six points ahead of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation play-off spot.

Grujic has featured heavily in the German capital this season, making 20 league appearances for Hertha and scoring three times. 

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