Premier League clubs could get just a two-week break between the end of the 2019-20 campaign and the start of the new season.
The current campaign has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis after the country went into lockdown but there is an underlying determination for the season to be completed.
UEFA has moved the European Championship back to 2021, allowing for domestic campaigns to be extended into the summer months, and FIFA is expected to announce an official restructure to the sporting calendar imminently that extends the 2019-20 season for as long as required.
The 2020-21 season is set to be affected as well, with a current start date of August 8th possibly being pushed back, but the Daily Mail says clubs have been warned there could be just a two-week break between the end of this term and the start of the next.
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It is thought players would not require the usual full pre-season as they would already be match fit but experts have warned of injury issues if the remaining matches this season are crammed together – which would only be worsened by a swift return to action in the new season.
That is among the many problems that the Premier League and other leagues across Europe are having to cope with as, while the start of next season can be delayed, the end in May 2021 doesn’t have that ability due to the rescheduled European Championship tournament.