What has happened at promotion-hunting Preston North End should serve as a stark reminder of the risk of resuming football to Leeds United and every other club in England.
According to the Daily Mail, an unnamed Preston player tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday – after the club had held a contact training session.
It is understood that the Lancashire club held a squad match at their training ground after the EFL permitted clubs to hold contact training for the first time since early March.
However, a positive COVID-19 test in the Preston squad means that a number of other players might have to self-isolate for two weeks after coming in contact with the player, as per Government guidelines.
Leeds have been pushing for the season to resume ever since it was put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK and in recent days, there have been major movements towards exactly that happening.
But how many more clubs can this happen to before the EFL intervene and push back the day which the season is scheduled to restart?
Preston’s players who will self-isolate for two weeks might only be able to return to group training – or even leave their house – until just days before the campaign resumes.
If something like that happens at Leeds, West Brom, Charlton, Barnsley or Luton – who are all sides who want to resume – then what happens to the season? Does it get pushed back further or do things get settled by points per game?
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