Coronavirus: Swansea City's Steve Cooper hopes season can finish

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales
Matt Grimes battles with Hal Robson-Kanu
Swansea City's Matt Grimes battles with West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu in the two clubs' most recent game, a goalless draw on 7 March

Swansea City boss Steve Cooper hopes football's authorities will find a way to complete the season for the "integrity of the game".

All elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 30 April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As clubs wait for news on when they will return to action, Cooper says Swansea are ready to adapt.

"I think we have to do everything we can to finish the season," he told BBC Sport Wales.

"For the integrity of the game, how far we are into the league, it's the right thing to do.

"What that looks like and how that's done is the million dollar question right now.

"How they do it is a difficult point, but whatever happens now - whether it's a short-term delay or a long-term delay - we like everybody else will deal with it as it comes."

All games in England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League and Women's Championship, and all fixtures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are currently postponed.

The Football Association has agreed that the current season can be "extended indefinitely" beyond the original end date of 1 June.

The EFL has stressed its commitment to finishing the season, with Championship clubs unanimously supporting that aim.

Swansea's players are training individually after both the club's training grounds were closed because of the coronavirus situation.

Gym equipment has been delivered to the homes of some squad members, while they have all been advised to stay away from potentially crowded public places such as cafes and restaurants.

"The programmes are devised so the players can do them on their own, whether that be at home, in the garden or in a park," Cooper explained.

"I have been in close contact with the senior players and we have not done anything without players knowing first. We realise this is a health issue, not just a football issue."

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