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EFL agree on provisional restart date for the Championship

The EFL have confirmed that Championship clubs have agreed on June 20 as a provisional restart date for the league season following the coronavirus shutdown.

The second tier has been following a similar procedure to the Premier League in terms of the training and medical protocols and it is no surprise that the campaign will resume in co-ordination with the top-flight.

A maximum of five substitutions and the increase of the matchday squad from 18 to 20 players have also been agreed upon but there will be further discussions in this respect.

Earlier last week, it was suggested that the regular league season could be completed over a 29-day period such that the play-off games can be played out by the end of July.

That certainly appears the case with the EFL confirming that plans are in place to conclude the entire campaign on July 30 where the play-off final could take place at Wembley.

Meanwhile, clubs in League Two have already decided to end their campaign due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and there are suggestions that League One may take a similar route.

There has been a deadlock over how the third tier should proceed in recent weeks but the ongoing delay suggests that there are more chances of the season being voided.

As per BBC Sport, EFL plan to host the play-offs for the League One and League Two as early as possible in order to avoid complications dealing with the player contracts.

As things stand, Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United and Northampton Town are positioned third to seventh in League Two and they are expected to contest the play-offs.

In League One, Oxford United, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town would make the play-offs but Peterborough United would find themselves in a helpless situation, if the season is cancelled at the present point of time.

The club are currently occupying the final play-off position but they are just one point ahead of eighth-placed Wycombe Wanderers, who have a game in hand.

Based on the unweighted points-per-game system, Wycombe would jump up to third on the table and push Peterborough out of play-off contention.

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