The Times has claimed that all 20 clubs in the Premier League will agree to a return to full contact training in a key Project Restart meeting on Wednesday. 

This critical vote to getting football re-started in England was agreed after calls between Premier League medical staff, senior players, managers, club doctors and directors on Tuesday.

The meeting with players reportedly went so well that it only lasted 45 minutes instead of the scheduled two hours.

Players have had their fears eased by the low number of positive tests that have been returned.

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This is really good news for the Leeds promotion bid on a number of levels.

A worrying report in the Daily Mail at the start of this month claimed there were six clubs near the bottom of the Premier League who wanted to block Project Restart and relegation from the top-flight.

There have also been calls to block promotion from the Championship if it doesn’t fulfil its fixtures.

It looks like that rebellion has been quelled and if the Times report is right, all 20 clubs will now vote for the next stage of the restart.

Once contact training is in place – and this was approved by the government at the start of this week – the next milestone is actual games kicking off.

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It’s also a major boost for the Championship to follow in the Premier League’s footsteps.

The first round of Coronavirus testing in the Championship was even better than in the Premier League, with just two positive tests.

Championship clubs returned to training this week, with Leeds United players hitting the grass at Thorp Arch.

The next step in the Championship is a key vote early next week to decide whether to abandon the season or play on.

All the noise suggests the Championship is on course to approve a restart with flying colours.

And let’s make it clear – the two leagues restarting and finishing is the only certain route to Leeds United getting promoted at the moment.

In other Leeds United news, ‘It’s a disgrace’ – Simon Jordan slams Project Restart decision that could be big blow for Leeds


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