'Absolutely desperate' – Alan Shearer reacts amid major update to Leeds United promotion bid
Alan Shearer has said that players will be “delighted” to get back to contact training over the next week to ten days and that they will be “absolutely desperate” to start playing again.
Shearer was writing after the EFL confirmed that the Championship will restart on June 20.
Contact training still hasn’t been approved, with less than three weeks before the restart, but it’s imminent.
As per The Athletic, EFL clubs have had risk assessment forms and Leeds are planning to start contact training sometimes this week.
There is a fear over injuries with such a quick return to matches but the EFL also confirmed that they are considering allowing five substitutes and squads of 20 players.
Writing in his column in the Sun, Shearer said, “Players have been off for around 11 weeks now so will be absolutely desperate to get back playing.
“They will be delighted to get back to contact training over the next week or 10 days, with more game-based practice, and I think they will be ready.
“The fact managers can now call on five substitutes should also be a great help in keeping players fresh.
“We are going to have to get used to not having any fans, but I’m sure that won’t be a big issue for the players.
“As we have seen in Germany, they have adapted quickly to their new surroundings.”
After two-and-a-half months without football, this is all very exciting.
We’ve spent the past 10 weeks wondering whether we’d see any more football this season and the path to the EFL announcement last night has been twisted and torturous.
However, all being well, Leeds United will kick off their promotion bid in a nine-game mini-season, with a seven-point head-start over Fulham in third.
That makes them huge favourites for promotion but we’ve spent so long hoping to get football back that we’d forgotten how nervy it’s going to be.
Butterflies have already kicked in, with games against Cardiff and Fulham likely to be the first two games and ones that will give us a very clear indication of whether Leeds can pick up the season where they left off back in March.
Leeds were in stunning form then, on a run of five straight wins without conceding a goal.
Another five straight wins could be enough to clinch promotion mathematically with four games still to play.
That will be the aim for Bielsa and his players.
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