Football matches in England will be ordered to be played behind closed doors imminently, reports have stated, which could affect the visit of Stoke City to Reading this weekend.
This would leave Stoke supporters unable to attend crucial matches in the final months of a season in which there is still plenty to play for.
It’s an unprecedented situation and one the club’s hierarchy is closely monitoring.
Michael O’Neill’s men currently lie 17th in the table – their highest position all season – but still nowhere near clear of relegation with nine games to go.
The first game at the bet365 which could be affected, hitting around 20,000 season-ticket holders in the process, would be next Wednesday’s visit of fellow strugglers Middlesbrough.
It remains to be seen just what televised coverage will be made available to supporters barred from attending fixtures.
The club ha spoken about live streaming, while Sky’s red button is another possible option.
But Government sources have already said they would not favour TV screenings in pubs for fear of pubgoers passing on the virus.