Four Premier League Clubs Could Start New Season Late

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolves are expected to be given extra time off by the Premier League and start next season late, should they go into the latter stages of their respective European competitions.

The Premier League is likely to ring-fence a guaranteed 30 days off for players to recover, from the day after their final European game of this season.

The matter will be discussed, and could be ratified, at the next Premier League AGM, which is scheduled for August 6.

If the proposals go through as planned, should Manchester City or Chelsea make the Champions League final on Sunday August 23, their first Premier League game would not be until Tuesday September 22 - 10 days after the official start of the new season.

The new Premier League season will start on Saturday September 12, but English teams involved in the latter stages of European competition would see their opening fixtures postponed and played in midweek to catch up.

It's all part of a testing schedule for the clubs, and a logistical nightmare for the Premier League itself, in the aftermath of the Coronavirus lockdown.

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