Premier League football has taken a significant step towards its return after no new cases of the COVID-19 were recorded during the fourth round of testing for the virus.
Players and staff are now being regularly tested to check whether they are carrying the disease, after all 20 clubs returned to group training ahead of the season's restart date of June 17.
And the good news is, that following the three previous rounds of testing, there have been no new cases of the coronavirus among the 1,130 samples taken across the entire league, as reported by David Ornstein of The Athletic.
The first three rounds of tests produced a total of 12 positive results from 2,752 samples, with the worst figures having been recorded in the very first round.
This fourth bout of tests suggests that clubs' attempts to reduce the possible spreading of the coronavirus between teammates and staff is working, and the Premier League may be able to be completed in a safe and efficient manner.
There were major concerns that the English top flight would follow in the footsteps of Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie, where the remainder of the football season has been completely scrapped.
But the Premier League officials delayed making any form of a decision for as long as possible, and their patience appears to have been rewarded with these latest results.
The English top flight is due to recommence on a Wednesday evening, allowing Manchester City, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Aston Villa the chance to play their game in hand, before the first full round of fixtures kicks off on the following weekend.
The league's return will also allow Liverpool the chance to end their 30-year wait for a league title on the pitch, with the Reds sitting 25 points clear at the top of the table and only two wins away from glory.