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Frustrating: Alan Browne is looking forward to the return of football

Frustrating: Alan Browne is looking forward to the return of football

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Frustrating: Alan Browne is looking forward to the return of football

Ireland midfielder Alan Browne says he and his Preston team-mates have been doing the solo training needed to be ready for a return to first-team action.

And his club have told the first team squad, including Browne and his compatriot Sean Maguire, to prepare for training as early as this Saturday as Championship clubs attempt a return to action, if they are allowed to bring their players back to train.

With so much focus on the Premier League resuming, clubs in England's second tier have been forced to wait for the top flight to take the lead.

As they are in the promotion play-off places, Preston certainly have an interest in the season resuming, instead of one idea which has been floated which would see the top two, Leeds and West Brom, promoted with no play-offs this season.

Browne admit's it's been a frustrating time since March.

"For us, it's been a case of getting on with the fitness work at home and waiting to see what happens.

"When the Luton game got called off back in March, I actually thought it might be quite a while before we played again," Browne told the Lancashire Post.

"Things were going to get worse and worse before it started to get better. Maybe people didn't take it too seriously to start with but that then changed."

Clubs are still awaiting clarity on when they can see action again but Preston have told the players to be ready within days.

"We are planning to be back on May 16 and we are waiting to hear from the EFL," Preston's Peter Ridsdale said.

"If we are going to be playing games from early in June, the players need time on the training ground to work on their fitness. What we have done is to put plans in place to come back at the weekend, subject to getting the go-ahead.

"We want to complete the season and being to able to train again would be a big step towards that. The players can do a certain amount of fitness work at home but they can't kick a ball to one another."

Preston were the final team in the play-off zone in the Championship before the season was suspended in March, one point ahead of Bristol City.