Marcelo Bielsa was ‘100%’ ready to bring his Leeds United squad back to training on Saturday, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.

The EFL’s first start date was set for the 16th but has now been pushed back to the 25th after a meeting with Championship clubs on Wednesday.

It is expected that clubs will need three weeks of training to return to fitness before the final nine games of the season are concluded in the second tier.

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Hay confirmed that Leeds will be ready for the return date, but will need some time to regain full-match fitness to complete Bielsa’s famous murderball sessions.

“That’s why they’ve been training as close to full tilt as possible throughout,” he wrote in an Athletic Q&A.

“Bielsa was 100 per cent ready to start back on Saturday and his staff were too. That’s been knocked back to at least May 25 by the EFL but yes, Leeds will be ready. They just need time to regain something closer to match fitness.”

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The Leeds squad will certainly be raring to go, as they will want to get back on the pitch and do the business to seal promotion.

It would certainly shut up all of the Premier League clubs currently trying to assert power during the break to try and cement their top-flight status.

Norwich director Stuart Webber was joined by Brighton’s Glenn Murray on Thursday claiming that Championship clubs wouldn’t deserve promotion if their season isn’t concluded – so what better way to do it than getting back on the pitch.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay: Andrea Radrizzani has held talks with Alan Smith over Leeds role


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