The AFL is working with health authorities to expedite the process of testing footballers for coronavirus in order to keep the prospect of a full season intact.
The prospect of playing games behind closed doors and the genuine possibility of a player or club staff member contracting the virus dominated the conversation between senior coaches and league boss Gillon McLachlan at their annual breakfast on Wednesday.
High-level sources have told The Age that some hospitals, including the Epworth in Richmond, are on standby for players who may require urgent testing.
The standard time for a person being tested for COVID-19 and receiving the results is five days. AFL players are expected to receive their findings sooner.