By Jason Jones

18th May, 2020 | 7:30pm

MOT View: Rio Ferdinand could play unexpected role in Leeds promotion push after Monday report

Leeds United are still facing a nervous wait to discover whether or not their bid to make a long-awaited return to the Premier League will be successful this season. 

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to create uncertainty for both the Premier League and the EFL, it is still unclear as to how both governing bodies plan to resolve their respective campaigns.

Monday saw a positive step towards a resumption in acton, with top flight clubs voting in favour of a return to training for small groups of players.

And with repeated assertions from the likes of Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber and Brighton striker Glenn Murray that a host of clubs are only willing to accept promotion and relegation if the season is played to completion, this latest update could be great news for the Whites.

A key part of getting things up and running again, however, is still going to be convincing players that they are reentering a safe working environment.

A number of high profile stars, from Wayne Rooney to Troy Deeney, have expressed doubts about football returning over the next few weeks.

And that’s where Rio Ferdinand of all people could step in.

According to iNews, the former Elland Road defender has been drafted in to the leadership team of the company providing Coronavirus testing for players.

The 41-year-old has reportedly been tasked with providing “player engagement” for Project Screen by Circle.

In short, it will be his job to convince players that they are being properly looked after, and are facing as little risk as possible when it comes to resuming full contact training and competitive matches.

Bearing in mind the fact that the only surefire way Leeds are going to be able to guarantee their top flight return without some form of opposition is for both the Premier League and the Championship to finished on the field, Ferdinand’s new role could prove to be a significant one for the Whites.

If he does a good job, he could massively simplify his former club’s promotion push.

In other Leeds United news, ‘Null and voiders crying’ – These Leeds fans react to major Monday development.