De Bruyne says Premier League season may need to be cancelled amid injury fears

Kevin de Bruyne has called for the season to be cancelled – amid fears of mass injuries if games are crammed into a short spell to finish the campaign.

The Premier League meets on Friday to decide when it is feasible and safe for the season to restart, with games on hold until April 30 at the earliest.

Players are concerned about returning to action too soon, while the coronavirus pandemic is still posing a major health risk and with the potential for injury with fixture overload.

If the season was declared null and void, runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, just two wins from the title, would be denied their first league championship for 30 years.

City would also see their hopes of potential fresh glory dashed, with Pep Guardiola's side still in the hunt for the Champions League and FA Cup.

Although Manchester City star De Bruyne would like to see the season played to a finish, he reckons officials may ultimately be left with no choice but to cancel it.

That is due to the risk of returning players being unprepared for so many games in a short spell and a later finish having an impact on next season.

“I have no idea if we will still play,” said De Bruyne.

"In England, they want to wait as long as possible with a decision.

"But, as a footballer, that is not evident. You're idle for six weeks, normally you need a preparation of three to four weeks.

“If we restart immediately, everyone will be injured after a few games. That cannot be the intention.

"There's a lot of money involved and I think waiting so long to make a decision can cause problems for next season.

"It's not that we have a very long summer break and can just postpone everything.

“I would be sorry to stop early after such a good season, but if it avoids problems towards next year, it must be done."

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