Carlo Ancelotti has different solution for player welfare to five subs rule

Carlo Ancelotti has climbed down on his battle to keep Premier League games to three substitutions per team in a game.

But the Everton boss still believes raising it to five will not make a huge difference in player welfare.

Ancelotti instead reckons better scheduling from broadcasters and rotating players would help recovery more and reduce injuries.

He said: “On the welfare of the players, it doesn't change a lot between three and five.

“If you want to rotate a player, you can rest him at the beginning.

“It could be in my opinion good because at the moment no-one is taking care of the welfare of the players.

“Everything we are going to do for the welfare of the players will be important.

“I have an opinion. I am for three substitutions but, I said, if five can help for the health of the players then we can have five, no problem.

“It's quite clear that five substitutions is an advantage for the teams that have a bigger squad but the problem, now, is the welfare of the players and everyone has to understand this.

“And so if five substitutions help the welfare of the players, then it would be welcome.

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“But I think it's not the key point.

“The welfare of the players will also be to have a different fixture schedule to avoid games in this period. This is a really special period and a really difficult period.”

Everton travel to Fulham tomorrow looking to get their first win in four games since the start of October.

Ancelotti revealed midfielder Allan, Richarlison and Fabian Delph are all ready to return.

Richarlison has not played since he was sent off in October's Merseyside derby and he has been missed in attack.

But Ancelotti said: “We didn't lose because Richarlison wasn't there.

“He's a striker and the problem we had was that we didn't defend properly.

“He's really important for us, a top player and it's important to have him.”

Seamus Coleman will miss tomorrow's clash with a hamstring injury.

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