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