Frank Lampard has joined the chorus of managers calling for the five-substitute rule to be reintroduced.
The Chelsea boss feels players’ welfare is at risk after the Premier League reverted back to three substitutes for this season.
Lampard said: “I think it is something we have to address again with the clubs. The circumstances have not changed since we had five subs at the start of restart.
“The reason that maybe managers aren’t making three subs is because if you have 10 players fearful of tiredness, there is a danger zone to make a third substitute in case of an injury.
“My main concern is player welfare, they are under incredible stress, especially those playing in Europe. I don’t want anyone to cry their eyes out for players, we all know how lucky we are, but everywhere else has five subs so we have to revisit this in my opinion.”
Lampard is having to juggle his resources ahead of a lunchtime kick-off at Newcastle on Saturday, with some of his players still not back from international duty on Thursday afternoon.
The Blues are also waiting on the results of a number of Covid-19 tests, although Kai Havertz is back in training after a period of self-isolation.
“Havertz is back, his isolation is over and he has tested negative so he’s training individually to get his fitness back,” added Lampard.
“Thiago Silva has just landed. He probably won’t go to Newcastle because of the length of the journey and the timings.
“We are still waiting on some Covid testing. Unfortunately some (players) are arriving back this afternoon, so with the 12.30pm kick-off, it brings a lot of challenges.”
Christian Pulisic is still out with a hamstring injury.