Kevin Phillips expressed concern over Leeds United resuming fixtures in mid-June with Championship clubs still yet to return to training.
The former West Brom and Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, fears there may be a lot of injuries if players are not afforded enough time to regain fitness after a long-lay off.
The Athletic revealed the EFL have set firm dates for the Championship’s return in an effort to align themselves with the Premier League.
England’s second tier is reportedly targeting a return to action on 12 June despite players unlikely to resume training until 25 May.
It would only afford Leeds two and a half weeks to prepare for their promotion push and Phillips suggests it would not be enough time to regain full fitness.
“It is not the be-all and end-all to follow the Premier League, they just need to get it finished,” he told Football Insider.
“However, if that is the case it does not leave a lot of time to get training done and get up to speed before you play in a competitive match.
“There would be concern over injuries moving forward because Premier League players have started back now, so they are ahead in terms of training.
“I think delaying it for another week could be wise for the safety of the players.
“It is really quick considering they have had nine weeks off. No players will have ever had that kind of break. 10 weeks is an awfully long time.”
If clubs were to return to training next week, players would have been off for two months – almost double the post-season break they are normally given.
One would suspect Jean-Kevin Augustin to be a player of concern for Leeds if the season rebooted abruptly, but Football Insider understands the French striker is in great shape ahead of the restart.
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