Leeds United and their Championship rivals could be forced into playing up to three matches in five days once football is back, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper claims that players across the Premier League and EFL are furious after being warned of the potentially exhaustive way to get the 2019/20 season concluded by June 30.

It is understood that football’s governing bodies want the campaign to be finished by the end of June to “avoid contractual and legal complications”.

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However that could mean running players into the ground in order to play out the remaining fixtures while there are also concerns that coronavirus may still be spread by mid-May, when the leagues may reconvene.

The Mail adds that players have been told that it’s “almost inevitable” that once the season does restart, matches will take place behind closed doors.

One source at a Championship club said: “The scheduling is what it is, and everyone will be in the same boat. But it plays into the hands of those clubs who have deeper squads.”

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It is something that Leeds United supporters will no doubt be concerned about as Marcelo Bielsa has operated with a small squad ever since taking charge at Elland Road in 2018.

However the likes of West Brom and Fulham, Leeds’ two closest rivals in the promotion race, have far bigger squads and could rotate players around a lot more freely if fixtures begin to pile up.

In other Leeds United news, David Prutton is concerned by Andrea Radrizzani’s latest admission about the club’s finances.

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