Defensive duo Fankaty Dabo and Michael Rose made their first appearances since March, as Coventry City played a final friendly before the start of the Championship season.
Both made their comebacks from injury, being included in the starting XI and getting an hour under their belts, as the Sky Blues drew 2-2 with Solihull Moors.
Their return, ahead of schedule, will come as a boost for boss Mark Robins before Saturday’s opening league game, away to Bristol City, as the duo were not due back until the end of the month.
Last season’s Player of the Year, Dabo made something of an unexpected appearance, having been absent for the whole of pre-season with a hip injury.
Coventry City say there could be “still a long way to go” before supporters are allowed back into stadiums.
Matches are currently taking place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis – as was the case after the restart for the Championship and Premier League last season.
It is hoped small crowds could be permitted early in October, but the Sky Blues have laid out some of the challenges ahead.
In a statement, chief executive Dave Boddy said: “The Government has previously suggested 1st October as the date from which fans could return to stadiums. There have been some test events this month, which I understand to have gone well.
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Coventry City had four of their fabulous title-winning side named in the PFA League One Team of the Year.
Mark Robins’ men enjoyed a fantastic season before the campaign was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as they secured promotion to the Championship.
And they have earned recognition for their sterling efforts, with goalkeeper Marko Marosi, defender Fankaty Dabo, midfielder Liam Walsh and striker Matt Godden all included in the PFA XI for 2019/20.
Coventry City have sold more than half of their Championship Club memberships in the first week.
The club have announced that “around 1,800” of the 3,500 available memberships have been snapped up in the first seven days, with supporters keen to secure their seats ready for when stadiums open for reduced-capacity matches.
Currently on sale to 19-20 season-ticket holders only, Championship Club memberships, priced at £210 for adults, are necessary for Sky Blues fans if they want to book their spot at St Andrew’s when the government give a green light to small crowds returning, with some time in October the current predicted date.
Supporters can also buy a season ticket for 20-21 on top of their membership in anticipation of full crowds returning this season.