Sheffield Wednesday LIVE: Proposed fan return set to come too late for the Owls and Hillsborough

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Monday, 22nd February 2021, 4:24 pm

Make sure you stay with us throughout the day for updates from the Owls camp, including more reaction to Saturday’s hugely disappointing defeat to relegation rivals Birmingham City as well as early build-up to the tough trip to promotion hopefuls Brentford on Wednesday.

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Sheffield Wednesday aren't likely to see fans back at Hillsborough this season. (Isaac Parkin/PA Wire)

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An EFL spokesperson said: "We note the Prime Minister's announcement today in respect of a roadmap for easing national lockdown restrictions and the Government's criteria for a phased return of fans to sporting events.

"As has been our approach throughout the pandemic, the EFL wants to see supporters back in our stadia as soon as it is safe to do so and we will continue to work with clubs, DCMS, the SGSA and local authorities to this end.

"Following a successful fan pilot programme in the Autumn, the EFL and member clubs have shown test events for fans can be safely delivered with the appropriate measures in place. With the Carabao Cup Final taking place on 25 April and the culmination of the regular EFL season on 8/9 May, we look forward to engaging with the Government about its pilot programme and will be working to welcome as many fans as possible to the Sky Bet Play-Off Finals which will conclude the 2020-21 season on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend."

Could this help Wednesday out?

Sheffield Wednesday’s Ivan Toney reprieve? Championship’s ‘best striker’ set to miss Owls clash

Sheffield Wednesday will face Brentford this week, but their opponents are likely to be without the strongest weapon in their arsenal.

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It'll come too late for fans hoping to return to Hillsborough, though. Wednesday's last game is set for May 8th, and their fate will be decided before this planned return comes into play.

According to the government, English stadiums with 40,000 seats will be allowed 10,000 fans to enter, while smaller ones will be allowed to be at 25% capacity.

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