The number of substitutions used by clubs in the Premier League could be increased from three to five until the end of the season after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved FIFA’s proposal for a temporary rule change.

FIFA put forward the proposal to avoid players from suffering from fatigue or injury should the current suspended seasons resume.

According to reports by Sky Sports, the temporary rule change has been passed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for the remainder of the season with individual leagues having the option of increasing the number of substitutions from three to five if they wish.

The Premier League are now expected to consider the proposal and make a decision on whether to implement the new temporary rule.

Chelsea have nine Premier League games left to play as well as matches in the Emirates FA Cup and UEFA Champions League. Should the new rule be adopted by the three competitions, it would certainly help take the strain off what is a young and relatively inexperienced squad.

While the substitution rule change is initially just for the remainder of the current season, a decision could be made to extend the change for the whole of next season.