The EFL gave the Championship the go-ahead to return after a key meeting on Wednesday but there was a setback for Leeds United with a delay to training and the start of the season meaning the EFL is “out of breathing space”. 

As Athletic journalist Phil Hay pointed out, the EFL has delayed a return to training until May 25 – a date that had originally been set for next Monday, May 16.

Hay went on to respond to a fan who said that the date was a start by saying, “No, it’s a delay”.

The Sun reported that the delay had “shocked” Championship clubs who were ready to return to training next week and that the season restart would now be June 12.

It had been hoped that the Championship could restart on June 6.

The real problem – as Hay went on to point out – is that the Championship has a deadline of July 31 to hit and they’re fast running out of time.

It means everyone playing the remaining nine games in just six weeks.

As Hay said, “They really are out of breathing space if they’re going to hit Parry’s July 31 deadline for the season to end.”

Good news/bad news

After the government declared sport could return on June 1, we were fully expecting the Leeds players to get the green light to train next Monday.

That’s not going to happen now and although getting a date for matches to start seems good, it’s fraught with problems.

The Bundesliga starts again on Saturday with one side from the second tier – Dynamo Dresden – in quarantine and unable to fulfill its first two fixtures.

Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein said this was “always going to happen” and they have time to fit in the extra features.

The Championship has no wriggle-room and if this was “always going to happen” in the Bundesliga, then surely it is inevitably going to happen in the Championship.

If teams are unable to fulfill fixtures then when are they going to get played if teams have to quarantine for two weeks?

It means there’s literally no room for anything to go wrong and with Premier League sides threatening to block Leeds’ promotion if they don’t play their remaining fixtures, this is a big worry.

It was definitely a case of good news/bad news on Wednesday.

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