Michael O’Neill fears that games behind closed doors are probably inevitable.
O’Neill has made his prediction after seeing games played without fans on the continent in a bid to combat the coronavirus.
Speaking this afternoon and ahead of Saturday’s game at Reading, the Stoke boss stated: “If we are ordered to play games behind closed doors, that’s what we will have to do.
“It’s not an ideal scenario for anyone, for the club, the players and certainly not the supporters.
“But possibly there’s a little inevitability about it given what we are seeing in other places, but until we are told to do otherwise we will just continue as normal.
“We will focus on preparing the team and we have to play in that scenario we will just have to deal with it.
“And to be fair where the players are concerned, they will have all played in empty stadiums at some point earlier in their career.”
Stoke travel to Reading this weekend and are then at home to Middlesbrough, as things stand, next Wednesday.