Premier League clubs will meet on Friday to discuss plans to resume the 2019-20 campaign in June.
The English top flight, which has been suspended since mid-March because of the spread of the coronavirus, could be back in action as early as June 8 to have the season concluded by the end of July.
UK Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, says that he is working with clubs to bring the league back next month.
He said during parliamentary questions: “I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community.
“But, of course, any such moves would have to be consistent with public health guidance.”
The timeline being proposed would mean clubs would have to be back in full training by May 18 and some top-flight teams are already easing their way back.