Premier League players could be 25% more susceptible to injury when football resumes because of the intense schedule, research shows. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is “as confident as we can be” of restarting in June.
Time will need to be found for the FA Cup before the 2020-21 season starts in “late August, early September”. Based on Project Restart’s provisional return date of 20 June, Manchester City players could face 13 games in 49 days.
City have played one fewer match than the majority of Premier League clubs but these figures do not take into account the completion of the Champions League, which has the potential of adding another four games should they reach the final – if the tournament can be concluded.