Rovers have now moved in to ‘Phase 2’ of their return to training guidelines having been given the go-ahead by the EFL.

From Thursday, the players will be allowed to train in groups of 12, the previous restrictions having only permitted up to five players to train together on the same pitch.

Technical training and tackling is allowed, though Rovers will still look to limit the level of interaction between players and the length of time they spend in close proximity to one another.

Rovers returned to training, switching from their usual home at the Senior Training Centre to the Academy base, on Monday, May 25 after a clean bill of healthy in the initial round of testing on Friday, May 22.

Since then the players have been tested twice-weekly, previously on Monday and Thursday, but now Saturday and Tuesday, ahead of the provisional re-start date of Saturday, June 20.

The players have also returned to the Senior Training Centre after returning to contact training this week. 

Captain Elliott Bennett is the club's one confirmed positive COVID-19 case so far, recording a positive result in the second round of testing, but having remained asymptomatic, he will return to training with the squad on Friday.

Lewis Holtby meanwhile is back training with the squad for the first time since February after recovering from a lateral knee ligament injury.

The 29-year-old spent time back in his native Germany, completing his rehabilitation, and after testing negative, has trained with the group once again.

Meanwhile, it is being reported that the regular Championship season will finish on July 22.

The provisional re-start date had been given as June 20, with the play-off final to come on, or around, July 30.

Clubs each have nine games remaining, though the Daily Telegraph has reported there won’t be any fixtures in the first midweek after the re-start, with a week gap likely between matchdays 38 and 39.

Rovers are expected to start their season with a home game against Bristol City, the game that was scheduled for March 14, the weekend the 2019/20 campaign was suspended.

They would have faced Wigan in the following midweek and then a trip to Barnsley before the scheduled international break, but there is now set to be a bigger gap between the Bristol City and Wigan fixtures than previously outlined.

The definitive fixture list, and broadcasting details, are yet to be revealed.