Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has urged the Premier League to scrap early kick-offs on a Saturday.
The Blues face Newcastle at 12.30pm on Saturday and Lampard has hit out at a lack of “common sense”.
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He said: “No it’s not the best. When you look at the scheduling it is a common sense factor. That 12.30pm slot, how often does it need to be there?
“It’s absolutely not the optimum way to have players preparing for a Premier League game. You want the best of the brand. I want us to play to our best but it is very difficult circumstances.
“Unfortunately some players are arriving back this afternoon, so with the 12.30pm kick off it brings a lot of challenges.
“The injuries are going up across the Premier League, the numbers are there, it is clear that the correlation of games, zero pre-season and a tight schedule.
“Change the time, it is not that difficult. We have to continue to look at the best way to change it.”
Another issue on the minds of managers is whether the Premier League will revert to the five substitutions they allowed at the end of last season, or stick with the customary three.
Lampard continued: “I think it is something we have to address again with clubs. The reason maybe managers aren’t making three subs is because if you have ten players fearful of tiredness, there is a danger zone to make a third substitute in case of injury.
“My main concern is the player welfare, they are under incredible stress, especially those playing in Europe. I don’t want anyone to cry their eyes out for players but everywhere else has five subs, we have to revisit this in my opinion.”
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