Is England's injury disaster proof the schedule is too much?

England's injury hell

England are approaching Euro 2020 as the favourites according to SkyBet at 4/1. And, for the first time in a long time, the 'it's coming home' orchestra could soon become more of a reality than a dream.

However, with just under five months away from the Three Lions' opening game against Croatia, Gareth Southgate's side have been cursed with injuries. Within the past three weeks, England have lost the English top scorer this season Marcus Rashford, the in-form Tammy Abraham, captain Harry Kane and the Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy.

Indeed, the latter is retired, but with many names still expected to be in the physio room for some time, there was a hope Vardy could make a U-turn on his England career.

Is Guardiola right?

Pep Guardiola has always spoke his mind, and often we all sit back with our feet up as he conducts his work. This time, however, the Manchester City boss has controversially stated that English football should scrap the League Cup to ease the fixture list.

This comes after Guardiola's Premier League title has slipped away from him, with Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Leroy Sane all having major stints on the sidelines - the later was injured in the Community Shield and is still out.

So, is it time for a revamp? Do we need to get rid of the League Cup to ease the pain on the players?

ICYMI: We took a look at David Moyes' extremely appealing idea to have the Scottish teams added to the competition.

How does English football compare to others?

Taking a look at other leagues - particularly the champions of each of Europe's top five leagues - City have seen more minutes thus far. Spanish giants Barcelona have played 30 times in all competitions, City 36, Juventus 29, Bayern Munich 27, and Paris Saint-Germain have stepped out 32 times.

So, Guardiola has a point, especially when you consider there have been four games in the League Cup already for the Sky Blues. Although, you can't just scrap a competition entirely just because one team wants to play less.

What should be changed?

Other than just eradicating an entire competition, there is nothing that can be done to prevent a less hectic schedule.

On the other hand, for the first time ever, the Premier League will experience a winter break, which will take place between February 8 and February 22. However, as much as this will give the players time to recover, chances are, they will still be hard at work. Plus, this just means that the games missed in the two-week break will need to be placed somewhere down the line, which could make things even more frantic.

This break will mirror what happens in Italy and Spain, although, as mentioned, the same amount of games will still be played. It will, however, allow players to get adequate rest before the final stretch of the season, which is definitely a bonus.

A winter break for now is a start and the schedule is too much for these players to handle, especially in a year where there is a major tournament during preseason.


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