Premier League clubs to discuss adding new players to restart squads

Newcastle United Training Session
Dummett could be re-registered (Picture: Getty)

Premier League clubs will debate whether to allow the addition of new players to squads ahead of the restart of the 2019/20 season.

League chiefs are targeting 17 June as the restart date and some clubs are eager to bolster their squads ahead of what is expected to be a gruelling period.

Clubs submitted their 25-man squad lists in February, but some players were left out due to long-term injuries that ruled them out of the rest of the season.

But with the campaign set to run until the end of July, players such as Newcastle’s Paul Dummett and Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton will be fit to feature in the new schedule.

Injured players could be re-registered and relegation threatened clubs like Villa and Newcastle would benefit greatly from the return of key players.

There is also the issue of players returning to their parent clubs if their loan spells are not extended and clubs may want to add them to their squads.

Sky Sports claim league chiefs are set to meet on 4 June and 11 June and will discuss the possibility of allowing for changes to be made to squads.

Also on the agenda will be substitutions, relegation, VAR and neutral venues.

Police chiefs have flagged several games as ‘high risk’ and have asked for them to be moved to neutral venues.

London derbies and Liverpool’s title run-in are among the games considered high risk and there will be further discussions about whether to move some matches to neutral stadiums.

FIFA have given clubs the option to bin VAR for the remainder of the season, but the Premier League are thought to be in favour of keeping the technology in place.

If games have to be cancelled again, clubs in danger of dropping into the Championship are lobbying for relegation to be scrapped.

A simple points-per-game solution has been presented, but clubs are expected to resist any attempt to decide league standings if the campaign has to be abandoned.

Substitutions is another divisive issue as smaller clubs argue it gives the bigger teams an unfair advantage.

Chelsea want as many as nine substitutions while FIFA and IFAB have proposed an increase of three to five per game.

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