Testing time for returning Broncos
Tully talent Thomas Flegler has become the first Broncos player to be tested for coronavirus after sitting out the first day of training on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old developed flu-like symptoms last week and was assessed by the club's chief medical officer before also undergoing tests for COVID-19 as a precaution.
The club confirmed the Brisbane forward returned a negative coronavirus result but will remain away from the team until he has received medical clearance to begin training.
It comes as the Broncos returned for their first day back at training after spending 48 days in isolation, with as many as five players preparing to return from injury in time for the season restart on May 28.
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Broncos enforcer Matt Lodge looks set to overcome his knee injury by competition kick-off after taking to the training paddock with his teammates on Wednesday morning.
The 24-year-old was spotted going through running drills at Red Hill while the rest of the playing group were divided off into groups of 10 as per the NRL's biosecurity guidelines.
Club captain Alex Glenn (hamstring), Jordan Kahu (calf), Brodie Croft (shoulder) and Corey Oates (ribs) are also on track to recover in time for the revamped 2020 NRL season.
It comes as the Brisbane coaching staff have been left impressed by the players' fitness after coming out of isolation.
The entire playing squad set personal targets to reach over the month-and-a-half break to keep fit and ready for the relaunch of the competition.
Body composition scans taken last week have impressed coach Anthony Seibold, who has full confidence his players will be ready to play by the time the competition restarts.
Glenn said the players had been in good shape on their return to training.
"Physically, our bodies and team, we're in great shape," Glenn said. "Our big boys haven't let themselves go.
"We had scans last week to make sure our fat storage and muscle mass didn't drop too much.
"All the boys, as far as I'm aware, were ticking off all those boxes.
"To my knowledge, and what I've heard from our training staff, all our boys are fine and on target to get back to playing footy."
Seibold said on Monday he had been impressed with the way his players had stuck to a training routine during their time off.
"The group has done a hell of a job and the vast majority of guys have turned up in really good shape," Seibold said.
"I am really proud with the way they have handled that bit of chaos."
Originally published as Testing time for returning Broncos