Dalglish voices footballer burnout concerns

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Kenny Dalglish says he is worried about the imminent fixture congestion towards the end of the season will have an adverse effect on the health and wellbeing of footballers.

In light of Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during their FA Cup 6th Round tie at Tottenham on Saturday, many figures in football are coming out to voice their concerns of health issues.

The Reds themselves have played six games in 21 days recently and potentially could face 12 more in the next 7 weeks, and 16 games in 10 weeks by the end of the season should they progress in the FA Cup, according to the Guardian.

Dalglish said, “It is a difficult job to work out the schedule of matches because there are that many games to be played. I think someone should be looking at that, whether it is the Premier League or the Football Association or television.

“For me, the people who should be looking at it closest of all is the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association]. It is their players who produce the fantastic fare which is the Premier League and they cannot do it when games come with such a short interval in between them.

“The players are always say playing is better than training but rest is part of training as well. If they are not getting the proper rest, either because someone is demanding they play quite quickly back-to-back or they are not preparing themselves properly off the pitch, then it is going to make it more difficult for them.”

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