The EFL has hinted at a further delay to Stoke City’s season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Potters ‘ Championship campaign was suspended last Friday as a result of the ongoing public health crisis.
As it stands, the season is due to resume on April 3, though there are serious doubts as to whether that will be possible.
No official announcement has been made but the EFL has confirmed that the Leasing.com Trophy final between Salford City and Portsmouth – scheduled to be played on April 5 – has been postponed.
“Over 50,000 tickets have been sold for the showpiece final, and the EFL does not want to be in a position whereby many thousands of supporters are forced to change their plans at late notice, so the decision has been taken in the best interest of all parties,” said the EFL.
The Football League is committed to completing this season – and UEFA’s decision to postponed Euro 2020 until next year could potentially allow for that to happen.
It is hoped that domestic campaigns can be finished by the end of June.
Stoke’s games against Reading, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic have been called off so far.
Michael O’Neill’s men are due to resume with a home fixture against Barnsley on Saturday, April 4 – though that remains in doubt.
The Potters are 17th in the table – three points clear of the relegation zone – with nine matches to play.