EFL clubs will not return to training until May 25 at earliest

The English Football League has told clubs not to return to training until May 25 at the earliest and warned: “The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic will not be rectified simply by a return to play behind closed doors.”

An EFL board meeting to discuss a number of issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak, including how to bring a conclusion to the 2019-20 season, was held on Wednesday.

The EFL says it will continue discussions with members before deciding on the next course of action but the board has delayed a return to training.

A statement said: “Until all outstanding matters are concluded, including finalising a comprehensive testing programme on matchdays and non-matchdays, the EFL Board has informed its clubs that a return to training should not take place until 25 May at the earliest.”

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