By Jason Jones

22nd May, 2020 | 7:00am

Report - Championship clubs face mounting restart concerns from players

A number of Championship clubs are facing growing opposition from players over a potential resumption in action that could help Leeds United clinch promotion, according to the Mirror

The EFL released a statement on Thursday claiming that it is still their preference for any remaining matches in the second tier to be decided on the field as initially planned.

But it is understood that several clubs are having to deal with mounting concerns from their playing staff that they are being forced back into action too soon.

The EFL is hopeful of staging matches on either June 19th or June 26th, with players due back in training on Monday.

The Mirror suggest, however, that many are still highly sceptical about returning to full contact training yet, and feel that they are being rushed back against their will.

While many are understood to be okay with signing up to waivers that would permit them to train in small groups from next week onwards, it is claimed that there are concerns over the next phase of the comeback, which would involve stepping things up to full contact and match scenarios.

Nobody would advocate for players being forced back into training before it is safe to do so, but at some point we have to try and find a way of getting football going again.

As Robbie Savage pointed out recently, the only real alternative is to wait until a vaccine is developed, and that could take another 18 months.

While their concerns are as justified as anybody else’s would be, footballers are in the relatively fortunate position of working in an outdoors environment with clubs who are dedicated to ensuring their safety, as well as having twice weekly testing available.

Most of the population don’t get anywhere near that level of protection.

If the relevant authorities deem it safe to return to training next week, and as long as the safety protocol is carried out to the letter, a comeback should be doable.

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