After figures published by the world players’ union revealed that players like Manchester United and England defender Harry Maguire are not having the recommended five days’ rest between games, FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann has called for a ‘radical revision of the calendar from 2024.’

Top European players are now spending up to 80% of their time in the so-called ‘critical region,’ where they are more vulnerable to injury, according to a recent report.

According to data published by the world players’ union FIFPRO on Thursday, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in regulars at club and international level, such as Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, racking up the majority of their game time without the recommended five days’ break between appearances.

According to FIFPRO, a player’s fitness and career survival are threatened by cumulative exposure to matches in this sensitive region,’ overseas travel, and limited off-season and in-season breaks.

According to data published by the world players’ union FIFPRO on Thursday, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in regulars at club and international level. For instance, Manchester United’s Harry Maguire, racking up the majority of their game time without the recommended five days’ break between appearances.

According to FIFPRO, the combination of combined exposure to matches in this sensitive region,’ international travel poses a threat. It also poses a threat at shortened off-season and in-season breaks.

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