MIKEL MERINO has been keeping himself busy during the coronavirus lockdown by using his girlfriend for weight training.
The ex-Newcastle midfielder has had to find new ways of keeping fit since the safety measures were introduced to control the spread of the virus.
Merino’s girlfriend lays on his back whilst he completes a few press-ups in order to keep himself in shape, should the season resume.
Currently at Real Sociedad, Merino joined Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 but the moved didn’t go to plan and headed to Spain a year later.
The 23-year-old has played a key part at Sociedad, helping the club to fourth in La Liga, just one point behind Sevilla in third.
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Merino has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring four times.
It is uncertain whether sport will resume anytime soon, with the coronavirus pandemic causing chaos around the world.
There has been ideas to cancel the season and start again next season, but that decision will certainly cause uproar with clubs near the top of their respective leagues.
If league’s decide to go down that route, it would certainly open themselves up to legal action, not just from clubs but broadcasters too as they look for a rebate on their television deals.
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In England, the current stance is that the Premier League want to finish this season, no matter when by, but time is running out for officials to make a decision.
Spain are continuing with their lockdown after 72,000 people have been confirmed to have the disease, and nearly 6,000 dead.
Countries around the world are struggling to contain the disease, meaning sport is set to face an inevitable longer delay than first thought.