Bolton to Benefit from Increased Substitution Numbers

  • November 18, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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EFL clubs will be permitted to make five substitutions in league fixtures for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign, it has been confirmed.

Under current rulings, clubs are able to name a maximum of seven substitutes in a matchday squad of 18, with no more than three permitted to enter the field of play.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an increased number of midweek fixtures in this season's calendar, there has been a considerable number of muscle and fatigue injuries throughout the sport.

The EFL Board has taken the matter under consideration and after meeting with club representatives has agreed to make a change to Regulation 33.4, giving them the ability to make up to five substitutions in total.

The change will come into effect at noon on November 20, meaning Bolton boss Ian Evatt could utilise more of his senior players in Saturday's League Two trip to Stevenage.

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