Football’s governing body Fifa is considering letting teams use five substitute as opposed the standard three as the game is set to go into a congested period when it restarts after the coronavirus pandemic- By Enock Mukoma.

The proposal also gives the organisers the option of using a sixth substitute for knockout games that go into extra time.

“One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload,” FIFA said in a statement.

Earlier this week, the Dutch league ended the season – becoming the first in Europe to do so – but there are still competitions to fight for elsewhere, including the UEFA Champions League which moves into the business end.

City could have 19 more games: 10 in the Premier League, up to six in the Champions League and up to three in the FA Cup being scheduled in as few as 10 weeks through August.

Fifa is also considering national teams playing three competitive games instead of two during the 10-day periods, when clubs release players for international duty.