Premier League clubs have been sent a new schedule based on completing the remaining fixtures of the season. The new schedule is based on a restart on June 8 but depends on the government reducing social distancing and coronavirus lockdown measures by May 7.
The Premier League is desperate to return and finish the season with Liverpool on the brink of the title – and relegation, as well as European qualification, still to be sorted.
There is still much uncertainty over whether football will be able to resume in England in time for the season to be played out with voices now calling on it to be cancelled.
The French Ligue 1 has been cut short with football banned until September and PSG set to be crowned champions.
The leagues in Holland and Belgium are also over with Scotland also discussing their next steps.
The Bundesliga in Germany was expected to be the first big league to return with May 9 identified, but that could be put back now with a spike in cases and Angela Merkel is expected to make an announcement today.
The French governent is also lobbying for all sport in Europe to be stopped until the virus has cleared.
The Premier League has been postponed since the middle of March but clubs have now been sent a timetable on how they can finish the season.
It includes training resuming in mid-May and games to start from June 8, however is dependent on the measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus being lifted by May 7.
Premier League clubs are set to meet tomorrow to discuss the latest with some already opening their training grounds to small groups of players.
Last night Express Sport obtaining detailed documents on how clubs will be expected to return to training in the coming weeks.
Players will need to have repeated tests, wear masks or snoods while spitting and close contact is banned.
Meanwhile EFL playes fear their seasons will not be completed due to the issues with mass testing.
Players would need to be tested multiple times each week while the country is still struggling to get tests for front-line workers and those with symptoms.
However Gary Neville thinks the discussion to restart the season are based solely on economic reason.
“The FIFA medical officer said that football should not take place before September,” Neville told the Sky Sports Football Show.
“I think if it was a non-economic decision there would be no football for months.
“People are now assessing risk. How many people have to die playing football in the Premier League before it becomes unpalatable? One? One player? One member of staff goes into intensive care?
“What risk do we have to take? The discussion is purely economic.”