Chelsea sent a formal proposal to the Premier League seeing the overall number of substitutes rise from seven to nine. The plan will be addressed at the next shareholders ‘ meeting on Thursday with a vote on the matter due a week later. Chelsea’s move comes amid concerns about player health with a long break from football raising the risk of injury, the Daily Mail reports.

Players only recently resumed full contact training ahead of the resumption of the Premier League on June 17.

But the remaining 92 fixtures will be compressed into a period of six weeks that will raise workloads for players.

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IFAB, the international governing body of the game, recently increased from three to five the number of subscriptions permitted.

But that number could be increased even with health high on the agenda for everyone.

The West London outfit allowed N’Golo Kante to train with the Frenchman concerned about the spread of coronavirus away from their Cobham base. Since then the Frenchman has come back with the club taking his concerns very seriously as they are preparing for their first game back against Aston Villa.

Chelsea will look to end the season as they are about to resume the season-in positions in the Champions League.

Frank Lampard achieved this term impressively as he was unable to recruit any new players in the summer while also coping with Eden Hazard ‘s departure. However, his confidence in youth paid off with the Blues at the top table in Europe.

With Manchester United in fifth, just three points behind a host of clubs are close on their heels.

Chelsea also has to complete the second leg of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, and an FA Cup game with Leicester.

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