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Premier League ‘to consider introducing the use of five substitutes per match when season resumes’

Premier League clubs could reportedly get the use of five substitutes if they end up having to endure a fixture pile-up to complete the remainder of the 2019-20 season. 

The Sun claim that the league are considering implementing the temporary rule change after it was put forward by top flight teams earlier this month. 

The idea is that it will help protect stars from burn-out and injuries with players returning from a long lay-off into a packed schedule.

Premier League clubs could get the use five substitutes if they have a fixture pile-up

Premier League clubs could get the use five substitutes if they have a fixture pile-up

Premier League clubs could get the use five substitutes if they have a fixture pile-up

And now a Fifa proposal to introduce the short-term measure has been made – with the four Home Nations having to decide if it should be approved worldwide. 

If approved it will then be decided between the 20 Premier League sides if they want to adopt it for the rest of the season.

While teams would be allowed to make two more changes than usual they would still only have three windows each in which to do so during a game.   

Players face a higher risk of injury if games are crammed in to finish the 2019-20 season

Players face a higher risk of injury if games are crammed in to finish the 2019-20 season

Players face a higher risk of injury if games are crammed in to finish the 2019-20 season

There is still no guarantee as to whether or not this season will be completed with the government non-committal when it comes to the relaxing of the lockdown, which has now been in place for five weeks.

Most top-flight clubs had nine games remaining in the league when the coronavirus crisis meant the season had to be paused in mid march.

Liverpool are runaway leaders but there is the possibility that the pandemic could rob them of a long-awaited 19th league title.  

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