Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that it is ‘huge’ news for the club that they are now allowed to return to contact training.
Rewind back to this time last year and the Yorkshire club had missed out on a play-off final spot after being beaten by Frank Lampard’s Derby County.
A knock back in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans to gain promotion to the Premier League with Leeds did not end the club’s hopes though, and the Argentine coach has impressively masterminded his players to produce superb form this term, which ultimately sees them sitting top of the Championship.
With football postponed since early March, The Whites fans have been eagerly anticipating the outcome of the 2019/2020 Championship season, hoping to see their side gain automatic promotion to England’s top flight.
Bielsa, and his squad, will also be keen to secure promotion, and a latest green light from the UK government and league officials now allows them to engage in contact training ahead of a potential restart in the middle of June.
Speaking to Football Insider, former Leeds man Whelan said: “It is huge. It shows that the testing has been good and the majority of the players have looked after themselves. That is shown by the test results and how many have come out negative.
“I think now a little bit of normality within training is a very exciting prospect.
“Players can get together and get the training done at close contact which is needed if we want to resume matches in June.”
Further to the upcoming return to contact training, The Athletic claim that the Championship season is hoping to resume on the 12th June if it is deemed safe to do so.
The latest round of COVID-19 testing has seen two positive cases from the 1014 players tested, which undoubtedly is unfortunate to hear, but such a low figure does open the door for those clubs who want to finish the season on the pitch.
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