The English Premier League chiefs are under pressure to finish the upcoming season on time and could take drastic measures if need be to reach their aim.

According to reports gathered from various sources in England, the Premiership clubs have been warned that squad outbreaks of Covid-19 will not result in postponed matches this season.

The upcoming season is already starting late due to the halt in play last season and Premier League chiefs don’t want to see any delays in the 2020/21 campaign.

Clubs have been told that unless they have less than 14 players available, requests to postpone games will be rejected – they will also be expected to tap into their U21 squads to ensure that they fulfil their fixtures.

It has been made clear to the teams that any player who has played even a minute of first-team football will be seen as an option should their squads become depleted due to a virus outbreak.

Any team who fails to play their scheduled fixtures will have to face an independent disciplinary panel. The new season is set to get underway on September 12 and games will still go on behind closed doors in the foreseeable future.