The 2019/20 Championship season finally returns tomorrow, and it will be intriguing to see what impact the extended lockdown break has on the promotion race and relegation battle over the next few weeks.
Wigan Athletic with what could be a tricky contest against Huddersfield Town on Saturday; a game which should go a long way to assuring the Latics' second-tier survival if they can bag the win. For now, here's all the latest news and gossip from the Championship.
1. Pearson eager to build play-off spot gap
Preston North End midfielder Ben Pearson has claimed it's crucial that his side get some points under their belts quickly, and revealed his side are aiming to open up a gap within the play-off spots. (Club website) Photo: Lewis Storey
2. Hughton fresh favourite for Blues job
Ex-Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton has surged ahead of Nigel Clough in the running to become the new Birmingham City manager, which could see him return to the club he managed in 2011/12. (Sky Bet) Photo: Jordan Mansfield
3. Whites dealt Foyth blow
Leeds United's hopes of signing Spurs defender Juan Foyth look to be in jeopardy, after the player picked up what is believed to be a serious knee injury, which could require surgery. (TNT) Photo: INA FASSBENDER
4. Hatters receive welcome fitness boost
Luton Town have been handed a boost ahead of the season's return, with striker Danny Hylton revealing he's fully fit and raring to go after recovering from a knee injury. (Luton Today) Photo: George Wood