Wigan's 12-point penalty for entering administration will be applied immediately after Wednesday's final round of Championship matches, but is subject to an appeal, the EFL have confirmed.

The Latics - who were placed into administration on July 1 - are currently 13th in the table, five points and three places behind Rovers, but will find themselves in the relegation zone after 46 games should they fail to beat Fulham because of the 12-point deduction.

Even victory will not be enough should either Charlton beat Leeds, or Luton overcome Rovers on the final day, with the regular Championship season concluding on Wednesday night.

Luton are currently in the bottom three on 48 points, the same number as Charlton with a worse goal difference, but Wigan’s deduction, which will apply this season, would drop them to 46, the same as second bottom Barnsley but with a better goal difference.

The Latics head in to their final game knowing nothing but a win will be enough to save them, and even then would require results to go their way elsewhere.

An EFL statement released on Monday night read: "In the case of Wigan Athletic the 12-point sporting sanction, as a result of the club entering administration, will apply immediately following the end of the game against Fulham but is subject to appeal."

Wigan have already lodged an appeal against the 12-point deduction.

The appeal will be heard by an independent disciplinary commission, which will have little time to adjudicate on the matter between the end of this season and the start of the 2020-21 campaign which is expected to be in mid-September.

The statement added: "The EFL is committed to announcing any final outcome promptly following notification of the decision by the relevant independent disciplinary commission, giving consideration to the issues raised above and in accordance with its regulations.

"Independent disciplinary commissions are well aware of the challenges for any club that is subject to proceedings, and the need for clarity for financial and operational planning purposes, particularly ahead of the summer transfer window opening later this month.

"In addition, there is also the consequential impact to consider on how any decisions may affect other clubs within a division who require the same courtesy to plan with as much certainty as is practically possible."