Exclusive: Leeds go into full lockdown amid coronavirus fears
Leeds United have gone into full lockdown following the updated coronavirus advice, Football Insider can reveal.
The Championship leaders had been training as normal at their Thorp Arch headquarters despite the postponement last Friday of matches at least until 3 April.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club have now told their players not to report for training at their Thorp Arch headquarters.
The first-team squad had originally been due to train today after instructions from Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching staff to carry on as normal in preparation for the next match.
However, the club told the senior players to stay away from Thorp Arch after a change of approach.
The source explained the training session planned for today did not take place.
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The Yorkshire giants have been guided by new government advice last night effectively banning mass gatherings across the UK.
Leeds’ next game is due to be against Blackburn Rovers on 3 April, although that match seems highly unlikely to go ahead.
Chief executive Angus Kinnear told Sky Sports News yesterday it is only fair and proper that the Championship season is completed at the earliest possible opportunity, before the next season starts.
— EFL (@EFL) March 16, 2020
There have been calls for the campaign to be null and voided, but that has attracted widespread criticism from the Championship clubs with strong promotion hopes as well as runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are top of the Championship, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games to go.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED club is lining up three short-term deals if season is extended.