Stoke City could be back in action by June 30 if hopes outlined by Europe’s top leagues fall into place.
The Potters’ season was suspended on March 13 by the coronavirus outbreak and is not scheduled to resume until April 30 at the earliest.
Some experts believe that date is widely optimistic as the deadly virus continues to take hold of the country.
However, Europe’s top leagues, including the EFL and the Premier League, are still aiming for a resumption of football by June 30, “should the situation improve and playing be appropriate and prudent enough.”
Sky Sports claim a conference call took place on Tuesday featuring representatives from the European Club Association and the European Leagues, which includes the Premier League as well as the EFL and SPFL.
The meeting saw the footballing bodies maintain their ambition of completing domestic and European competitions by June 30, which was agreed last week.
The report adds that officials discussed adapting the existing football calendar to include the scheduling of more domestic league matches in midweek, and the remaining Champions League and Europa League matches at weekends, but only when it is safe to do so.
Stoke have already missed away trips to Reading and Wigan away, plus a midweek clash with Middlesbrough at the bet365 Stadium.
And as things stand, their only unchanged fixture is their final day trip to promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest on May 2.
The Potters are currently 17th in the Championship table following their 5-1 victory over Hull City on March 7, but only three points outside the relegation zone.