Chealse has submitted a formal proposal to the Premier League to increase the maximum number of substitutes permitted on the bench from seven to nine for the remainder of the season, Report says, citing The Telegraph.

Chelsea’s request to increase the number of substitute options available to managers stems from concerns about the higher risk of injuries following a lengthy break and the prospect of cramming nine matches into six weeks.

The Council of International Football Associations (IFAB) has approved the use of five substitutions in all matches due to the pandemic by the end of this year. According to the decision, the English Premier League will resume on June 17.