Sheffield United’s Ben Osborn has revealed what the players are being told about how this season will finish.
Professional football in England is currently postponed until April 30 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Blades became the last Premier League club to suspend first team training on Monday, sending all the players home.
United are among the top flight clubs most keen to conclude the 2019/20 campaign. That’s because, before it was suspended, they sat in seventh position in the table with 43 points from 28 matches.
They have a game in hand over those teams directly above them, which if they were to win, would move them up to fifth.
There are genuinely realistic ambitions at Bramall Lane of qualifying for Europe this term. But only if the final fixtures can be played.
There has been plenty of speculation about how it will be concluded. The main thing is that the football authorities would like to have it finished by June 30.
This could mean playing games behind closed doors, which manager Chris Wilder was initially opposed to. However, the Blades boss has since softened his stance.
Ben Osborn on what the players are being told
Osborn has given some insight into what might happen and when football might resume, based on what information he has been given.
“We’re obviously desperate to finish it,” the versatile United man told the I Had Trials Once podcast.
“It’s definitely going to be finished, so they’re saying. It’s obviously going to be behind closed doors and it could be two or three games a week to try and smash it out as soon as possible.
“That’s what we’re hearing.
“I don’t know what they’ll have to do about next season, whether they’ll have to scrap cup competitions to get the fixtures in.”