By Neil Champney

24th May, 2020 | 7:30am

MOT View: Latest update on PL Coronavirus testing could be welcome boost to Leeds promotion bid

The best way for Leeds United to ensure their Premier League status next year is for both the top flight and the Championship to play their respective campaigns to completion.

According to a report from the Telegraph, there are some Premier League clubs who would be keen to oppose our promotion back to the top table of English football if the second tier has to be curtailed early, even if they themselves were able to finish their own fixture schedule as initially planned.

And while that ploy would be wholly unfair and makes little sense in terms of sporting integrity, the fact that chief executive Richard Masters has yet to fully rule out the possibility of scrapping relegation from the top flight still means that the most watertight way for Leeds to secure promotion is to play their nine remaining games.

And that’s why the latest update on Coronavirus testing in the Premier League will come as such a boost to the Whites.

According to The Times, out of the 966 tests carried out on top flight players between May 19th and May 22nd, just two came back positive.

That’s a decrease on the six positive cases that came back from the 748 tests carried out in the last round of examinations on May 17th and 18th.

In real world terms, the report suggests that such a minimal number of positive cases could pave the way for full contact training to be reintroduced as soon as Thursday – the day after Premier League clubs will hold a vote on the matter.

And all being well, we would still be on track to see a resumption in action by June 15th.

If Leeds are to be handed promotion properly, on the pitch and without any opposition from the embittered clubs who face relegation, then they need things to get back up and running as soon as possible.

This latest update, and the prospect of contact training being reintroduced next week, would be a welcome boost in that process.

In other Leeds United news, ‘I have no doubt’ – Lee Bowyer issues verdict on Leeds promotion hopes.