By Craig Hope for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 BST, 15 September 2020 | Updated: 00:44 BST, 16 September 2020
A Premier League club has been forced to pay for their lower-league Carabao Cup opponents to be tested for Covid-19 this week.
They had feared their players could be infected after the EFL removed the mandatory protocol for teams to be screened on a weekly basis.
Sportsmail can reveal that players in the Championship will now only be tested after international breaks before Christmas following new guidance from the EFL.
A Premier League club will be forced to pay for its Carabao Cup opponent's coronavirus tests
The same applies to clubs in Leagues One and Two, but only for players who have been away with their country or given an extended break.
Top-flight sources say they are deeply concerned about meeting EFL teams in the cups, given the increased risk of their players and staff being exposed to coronavirus.
Testing in the EFL is now at the discretion of clubs and is only mandatory when a person shows symptoms.
But with each test costing between £100 and £150, the weekly bill can be as much as £30,000 if 100 employees are checked prior to two matches.
Sportsmail has spoken to several top Championship clubs who say they are no longer testing and will only do so when required to by the EFL.
Coronavirus testing in the EFL is only mandatory when a player is displaying symptoms
The last mandatory tests were on Friday, but players and staff will now go untested until after October's international