A START date for Southend United’s League Two season could be finalised on Friday.

The PA news agency understands discussions between the Premier League, the Football Association and the English Football League on this subject have continued this week.

And the 20 top-flight clubs will gather for a shareholders’ meeting this afternoon, where the calendar will be on the agenda for discussion.

The weekend of September 12 and 13 is understood to be a potential start date for the Premier League and the EFL, which falls after that month’s international break.

When an announcement does come, it is likely it would be made jointly by the three organisations.

Blues have not played since beating Bristol Rovers in March.