Angela Merkel set to give the green light to Bundesliga return on May 15

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But Angela Merkel is likely to approve the league's plan to have just a one-week quarantine. PHOTO/COURTESY

By DailyMailSport for Lolwe digital

The Bundesliga could return as early as May 15 with likely approval by chancellor Angela Merkel to come on Wednesday.

A leaked document said Germany football’s return would be delayed until May 22 with suggestions that the first fixtures could only be held after a two-week quarantine of all teams.

But initial demands for that extended spell have seemingly been removed and the government is now set to approve of the league’s plan for just a week of quarantine.

According to German press agency DPA, that could take the form of a training camp.

Chancellor Merkel is set to hold a meeting with the 16 heads of state on Wednesday morning at 10am to discuss Germany’s plans for easing the lockdown – with some measures having been lifted on Monday.

A series of incidents over the last few days could have caused issues. Salomon Kalou was suspended by Hertha Berlin after filming himself violating hygiene protocols – shaking hands with team-mates, for example.

The first two rounds of tests held earlier this week revealed there had been 10 positive coronavirus cases.

Meanwhile, Bundesliga 2 side Aue sent their whole team into isolation on Tuesday after a staff member tested positive.

Health minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday that there had to be strict punishment for violations of the coronavirus protocols: ‘We have seen in the past few days that some players have to be more aware that something is at stake. 

‘That is why a clear crackdown of the German Football League and the individual teams is very, very important.’

But he did hint at a resumption, adding: ‘My impression is, of course, that many millions of fans in Germany also ask when it can start again’.

There were 61 new deaths in Germany from coronavirus on Monday, as a strict testing regime has limited the spread of the virus.

With the Bundesliga to be the first major league back if a May 15 resumption is confirmed – and the likes of the Premier League watching on – Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer has urged the division’s players to act responsibly.

‘I am speaking consciously of the football family and football matches, because the fact that advice will be given on the restart of the federal leagues and, if possible, a decision is likely to have consequences for all of football, right down to the many amateur clubs and the youngest generations – and beyond also for many other sports,’ Neuer wrote for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

‘Even from other European countries, and indeed all over the world, people will be looking at us. This is an enormous responsibility for us, which we must be aware of with every fibre. We must be aware that it is also important to us now.’ 

Elsewhere in Europe, LaLiga’s players will start returning to training this week while the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ will be discussed further on Monday.