By Tom Collomosse For Mailonline
Published: 11:37 BST, 18 September 2020 | Updated: 11:45 BST, 18 September 2020
A leading Premier League sports scientist has warned that the current fixture schedule is placing the health of players in danger.
Paul Balsom, who is head of sports science and performance innovation at Leicester and also works with the Sweden national team, believes that the congested calendar – brought about by the suspension of football last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic – is unsustainable over the long term.
Balsom highlighted the month of October, when some players may play nine matches for club and country, as an example of a worrying trend. Reducing the number of teams in the English top flight is one solution, but Balsom knows the financial consequences of that may be too devastating to make it worthwhile.
The current fixture list is putting the health of players at risk, a leading scientist warned
Paul Balsom believes hectic schedule is unmanageable for explosive players like Jamie Vardy
He told Sportsmail: 'Nine games in 26-27 days – that's too much. We know that players won't able to recover sufficiently. Maybe a centre-back could cope but for an explosive forward, a player like Jamie Vardy, it's too much given the pace of the modern game.
'It's coming to a point now where the health and safety of the players