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Premier League Injuries: Vincent Kompany Proposes Radical Change As Saka, Chilwell Join Growing List
- Burnley Head Coach Vincent Kompany has proposed a new change to curb the rampant injuries in professional football
- At least 100 top-flight players are set to miss this weekend's matches due to a myriad of fitness concerns
- Kompany, who himself was dodged by injury issues in the twilight years of his career, wants to see the issues handled differently
Vincent Kompany has come up with a radical proposal to tame the rising number of injuries in the English Premier League.
With only six games into the new season, a couple of players have already been sidelined, with some being ruled out for the entire season.
Aston Villa's duo Emi Buendia and Tyronne Mings and Arsenal's new boy Jurrien Timber are among the players whose seasons are technically over after picking up serious knee injuries.
Manchester United and Chelsea are among the worst-hit clubs, with the former seeing Lisandro Martinez and Sergio Reguillon join the mending table this week. The Blues have meanwhile lost both their captains, Reece James and Ben Chilwell, to add to the long-term absentee Christopher Nkunku, among others.
Inside Vincent Kompany's proposal
To curb this, Premier League legend turned manager Kompany has proposed that a games cap be introduced for players to ensure that they are not overburdened.
The Belgian, who oversaw Burnley's promotion back to the top flight, wants a specific number to be set, in that when a player reaches that number, he can no longer be allowed to play.
"For the players at the top, who have to play for their national teams and all of these other competitions, it should be capped appearances within a season," he said, as quoted by GMS.
This, he argues, will force the stakeholders to look into the welfare of the players.
"Put a number on it. It's not for me to put a number on it, 60 or 65 games. It would put more pressure on coaches and national teams to come to a common-sense calendar. I really believe in common sense. You're not going to keep a player away from finals or important games, you're not going to do that, but I think if you decide that physiologically 65 games is beyond healthy, then that should be the cap."
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Sport Bible reports that at least 100 Premier League players are either currently sidelined or face fitness issues.
United outcast Sancho still frozen out
Sports Brief also reported on Jadon Sancho’s status at Man United as sources close to the club claim his relationship with his coach is 'beyond repair'.
Erik ten Hag and the player have been involved in a public row since the manager criticised Sancho’s work ethic in training, prompting a response on social media.
The Man United boss said he wants Sancho to publicly apologise for his outburst online if he wants a chance to be allowed back into the team.