CHAMPIONSHIP clubs have reportedly planned to return a week before the start of the Premier League after the latest round of talks with the government.
League chiefs have pencilled in June 13 as the date for the Championship to resume, according to the Independent.
Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates
“Positive” talks were held with the government on Thursday as England’s top two tiers look to return after stopping two months ago due to the coronavirus crisis.
Championship clubs would return to training two or three weeks before the proposed mid-June start date.
And it’s now down for an agreement to be reached with the majority of clubs said to be in favour.
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOW
Don’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.
Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden declared earlier on Thursday it’s now up to football to formulate a June return to action.
He said: “Today’s positive meeting I hosted with the football authorities progressed plans for the resumption of the professional game in England.
“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.
“The government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June.
Most Read In Sport
“This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.
“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.
“The Government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action.”