By Mark Smith

28th Aug, 2020 | 2:10pm

Leeds friendly v Lancashire club cancelled - report

Leeds United have several pre-season friendlies lined up before they start the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

It will be one of the strangest seasons in the history of the competition, with a September start-date meaning the campaign will finish at the end of May.

The COVID-19 pandemic means the season will start behind-closed-doors and has given every club a shorter time to prepare this summer.

Leeds started their pre-season a couple of weeks ago and will be starting their friendlies over the weekend presumably.

One of those was going to be against Fleetwood Town.

That will not be happening now, with the Lancashire club cancelling games against both the Whites and Huddersfield Town.

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The Gazette has reported on their website that there was a positive COVID-19 finding at Huddersfield, leading to them replacing that clash with one against Leeds.

Fleetwood start their season with an EFL Trophy clash against Carlisle on Tuesday, giving them no time to fit in a clash against Leeds.

Phil Hay claimed that Leeds wanted to bring in a defender, Robin Koch of Freiburg, before the first of “several friendlies” next week.

That is most likely why the Fleetwood clash was cancelled, giving the fact that they will be playing alongside our under-21s in the EFL Trophy.

It would be smarter for the Whites to play against Championship sides, and possibly other Premier League teams – something which is possible given the fact that Brighton are playing Chelsea this weekend.

Either way, one of those games will not be against the Lancashire side across the Pennines.

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