Chelsea summer signing Thiago Silva has admitted he suffers “terrible” headaches following matches in the Premier League.
Silva joined the Blues in the transfer window having left PSG at the end of his contract in the French capital.
He has impressed in Frank Lampard’s defence with the Blues having kept clean sheets in six of their last eight matches across all competitions.
Silva has played the full 90 minutes of the last three Premier League matches and scored his first Chelsea goal in the win over Sheffield United at the weekend.
Though the Brazilian, who is now away on international duty, believes the fixture schedule for the season is causing issues with his health.
“After my last two games, I've had a terrible headache because there are non-stop aerial duels and a very high pace of play,” he said.
“We have to constantly reinvent ourselves. You lose players because of Covid-19 infections or there are others who get injured because we're playing a lot of games. We're not machines.
“We have seen recent studies showing that it is more likely that we are going to get injured after having played every three days four or five times. It is very worrying for us.”
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There has been plenty of debate over the decision to scrap allowing teams five substitutions in a game.
“The ball was certainly dropped when the Premier League turned away from having five subs,” said Lampard.
“These are unprecedented times in terms of situations for football. It will carry on, it’s not going anywhere in the short term.
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“The demands on players are huge for every club. I’m not just talking about my squad, I’m talking about every football player that is being asked to play day after day and the injury risk. It has changed the landscape.
“We’ll try to manage it as well as we can. We’re fortunate we have a big squad here. At the same time we want to do our best, the pressure is on and the players want to get the right results.”
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