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Chelsea ‘are leading the fight to keep five substitutions rule next season’

Chelsea are trying to push other Premier League sides into keeping the five substitutes rule for the new season, according to The Times.

Clubs were allowed an additional two substitutions on top of the usual three-per-game when football resumed in June to help minimise the chances of injury.

The rules allowed up to nine players to be named on the bench although changes were required to be made on a maximum of three occasions to prevent sides from interrupting play too often.

All 20 of the Premier League clubs are meeting on Thursday to vote on the rule and a majority of 14 is needed in order for it to stay for the new campaign.

UEFA has opted to return to three substitutes for next season’s Champions League and Europa League while the EFL is expected to do the same for all three of its divisions.  

The Times reports that Aston Villa, Burnley, West Ham and Sheffield United are all against the idea as it favours sides who have more strength in depth.

The report adds that the two hamstring injuries suffered by Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic during the FA Cup final defeat at the weekend are also reasons why Chelsea are keen on the idea of keeping the five substitutions rule. 

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