Espanyol return to training after Jarque loss

MADRID - Espanyol have resumed pre-season training and are working to heal the emotional wounds left after the sudden death of team captain Dani Jarque, coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.

Jarque, 26, collapsed and died from a heart failure in his hotel while the team were on tour in Italy last Saturday. After a day of tributes at the club's stadium in Barcelona on Tuesday his body was cremated in a private ceremony.

Espanyol returned to training behind closed doors on Thursday and were applauded by around 100 fans as they came out to exercise on Friday.

"At this time, the most important thing is to recover the players' state of mind, it's fundamental. The physical fitness will come along the way," Argentine Pochettino told a news conference.

"The grief continues and Dani will always be in our hearts, but we have to move on little by little. The best therapy is to be together and try slowly to get back into the routine.

"This kind of event unites us even more. We all have a common goal; to fight for him and his family, who have suffered so much of late."

Espanyol visit Athletic Bilbao in their opening game of the Primera Liga season on the weekend August 29/30.