By Mark Smith

29th Apr, 2020 | 3:00pm

West Brom star responds to Leeds fan on Twitter, shares verdict on season returning

West Brom striker Charlie Austin has responded to a Leeds United fan on social media questioning when the Championship season could return.

The veteran forward was unsure on the outcome of the Coronavirus pandemic but did reveal that he hopes the season can be concluded when it is safe to do so.

Leeds and West Brom are currently occupying the automatic promotion spots in the second-tier and they have done for the majority of the season.

Austin responded to the Whites fan late on Tuesday evening, with the majority of the Championship wanting to finish the final nine games.

“Honestly Mike I really don’t know, I hope it does get finished of course but people’s safety has to come first that includes the players,” he said on his personal Twitter account.

It proves that the players are as much in the dark as we are at this moment in time, and although they have the loose deadline of mid-May to aim for in regards to training, the matches returning are much less clear.

It was revealed on Wednesday by the Evening Standard that the EFL has written to clubs with proposals for regional hubs to restart the season behind closed doors.

The plan is still to finish every last game of the season at each club’s original stadium, but there are contingency plans in place for a select few stadiums from each region host more games than usual.

Austin and other players may not have any idea when or how football will return, but the EFL are certainly getting closer to an outcome.

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