Athletic journalist Phil Hay was allowed into Elland Road on Tuesday and as well as remarking on how perfect the pitch is, he revealed an exciting detail about the Leeds United players ahead of the June 20 restart.

Hay said the Elland Road pitch was “good to go” and just missing the white lines now.

And, in the article on The Athletic, Hay also said the Leeds players were good to go, too.

“Bielsa put his players through timed running sessions on the facility’s outdoor track,” Hay said.

“Every one of them beat the stats they were producing pre-lockdown.

“Competitive football will push their bodies in a more extreme way and no one is oblivious to the rise in soft-tissue injuries since Germany’s Bundesliga got back to work but Leeds like the shape they are in.”

This is exactly what Leeds fans want to hear with just over two weeks to go before the Championship kicks off again.

The mini nine-game season could be decided on fitness and after playing the 37 games at full-tilt, Leeds look set to carry on where they left off.

That was on the back of five straight wins without conceding a goal. Another run like that would lead to almost mathematical certainty of promotion regardless of other results.

Leeds have a one-point lead over West Brom and, crucially, seven over Fulham in third.

They’ve also recorded no positive results in any of the rounds of Coronavirus testing.

Automatic promotion rivals Fulham have seen two players deliver positive test results, while eight clubs were affected in the latest round of testing.

We don’t want to tempt fate but it certainly look like Leeds’ preparation off the field has been exacting and could pay dividends.

The fact that the Leeds players are beating their pre-lockdown times on the running track should strike fear into Cardiff and Fulham hearts – the two sides Leeds are set to play in their first games back.

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