The Premier League looks set to recommence its season on June 17.
After talks between clubs, Project Restart – the plan to get games going again behind closed doors – was agreed in principle today.
According to the BBC, Aston Villa will play Sheffield United and Manchester City will meet Arsenal in the first fixtures.
Those games will be followed by a full fixture list on the weekend of June 19-21.
June 12 had been initially slated as a start date, but fears over player fitness and injuries have pushed plans back.
Premier League football has been on hiatus since Leicester’s win over Aston Villa on March 9.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was diagnosed with coronavirus a few days later, and by that weekend all fixtures had been postponed with lockdown on the horizon.
Liverpool lead the way at the top of the Premier League table, 25 points clear of Manchester City.
Premier League bosses hope to be able to complete the 92 remaining fixtures, rather than calling a halt to the league season and declaring champions and relegations, as has happened in Scotland.
Clubs voted on Wednesday to resume contact training, having started non-contact training last week.
Players and staff will be tested for coronavirus twice a week, with 12 people so far testing positive after 2,752 tests across the league.
Any players or staff who test positive will be instructed to self-isolate for a period of seven days.
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