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Allardyce calls for winter break

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has called for English football to finally adopt a mid-season break amid the chaos caused by the current extreme weather.

Rovers saw their midweek Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Aston Villa fall foul of the big freeze, while this weekend's programmes in both England and Scotland have been decimated by the weather.

However, despite the concerns, Allardyce claims a mid-season break is required to protect players from burnout.

"It is not the weather I talk about as a reason for having a mid-season break, it is about protecting the players from the stresses and strains of Premier League football," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"Players have already played a lot of football and they need a break ahead of the back end of the season.

"We are asking so much of our players nowadays they deserve a time where they can take a break and get themselves right again.

"It is more to do with the welfare of the players.

"We seem to suffer more injuries than most leagues in the world and I think that is because of the demands being put on the players.

"That obviously creates massive problems for the Premier League because of the games they have to fit in.

"But somewhere along the line, they have to make sure it happens because the injuries players are suffering are greater."

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