Can the Championship get itself back on the pitch behind closed doors and finish the 19/20 season? Leeds United hope so as they stand on the brink of promotion with just nine games remaining.
And the restart has been given a major boost after the EFL announced that the number of players self-isolating throughout the league has dropped to just five from a group of 2,800.
This represents a big drop-off, although the Times has said that 10 clubs did not provide figures.
The government has said sport can start again behind closed doors from June 1 and the Times claims that some Championship clubs will now resume training from Monday.
The report doesn’t name Leeds specifically but we would imagine that Marcelo Bielsa is absolutely raring to get his players back into Thorp Arch.
Thorp Arch – Step One
We’d be incredibly surprised if Leeds aren’t among the first clubs back in training. The club has been keeping the players on a tough regime during lockdown and they have everything to play for in the final nine games.
Hitting the ground running is absolutely key for Leeds and getting the players back at Thorp Arch will be a huge boost for fans who are desperate to see the first steps back towards playing competitive football.
Some players and figures within the game are concerned about the safety of players and staff if the season does restart, but with these latest figures and regular testing, it looks extremely bright for the Championship. The five players self-isolating represent just 0.2% of the total and it’s a huge boost for a restart.
Getting the Leeds players back on the grass at Thorp Arch on Monday is the first step, although players are unlikely to be allowed to partake in full training.
Instead, it’s likely that players will be split into groups, similar to how the Bundesliga approached their return.
That’s proved successful, with the first Bundesliga matches set to play on Saturday.
The roadmap for the Championship to return four weeks later is now in place but certainly not guaranteed.
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