The Premier League has advised clubs to recall those players and staff who are currently abroad in anticipation of a potential return to action.
There has been a growing impetus for the league to start again, with clubs resuming training, albeit under strictly controlled conditions.
A number of clubs had allowed their overseas players to head back to their homelands during the period of the lockdown, but, now mindful that they will be required to spend two weeks in self-isolation after re-entering the country before being allowed to join their teammates, now is the right time to summon them back.
There is a meeting of the Premier League clubs to discuss possible options for restarting the season on Friday, although everything will depend on sign-off from the appropriate medical authorities.
The situation is very fluid, and there are no guarantees of anything, but clubs want their players on hand just in case.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.