Chelsea will be permitted to make the standard number of substitutes next season with Premier League club’s voting for the rule to revert back to three substitutions per game according to BBC Sport sources.

With the 2019/2020 campaign being brought to a hectic end within the space of around six weeks following the Premier League’s suspension due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the league opted to temporarily permit the use of five substitutions per game. Clubs were asked to vote yesterday on whether to retain the five-substitution rule, however, the majority opted against this.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will therefore only be permitted to use the standard number of substitutions next season. It is unknown whether The Blues voted for or against the proposal to retain the use of five substitutes.

The move to return to three substitutions may hinder opportunities for some of the club’s young players. Manager Lampard put his faith in a number of Chelsea’s academy products last season and the continued use of two additional substitutions may have offered more opportunities for the club’s youth.

The number of players used by Chelsea in a matchday squad will be 18. Premier League clubs will again be able to name seven substitutes on a matchday as voted for by the majority of member clubs.