Paul Robinson welcomed the introduction of five substitutes and insisted it is needed to aid players like Tottenham striker Harry Kane who have been out for an unprecedented length of time.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the prospect of three games a week will be too much for the 26-year-old having been out since New Year’s Day.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced last week that the rules would be temporarily amended to allow teams to make five substitutes.

The change has been ratified to help players cope with what promises to be a hectic fixture schedule.

The Premier League has been postponed since mid-March and players will be ill-afforded a full preseason on their return to action.

When asked by Football Insider if he supported the rule change, Robinson said: “It is going to help all clubs.

“Players will not have played for so long, an unprecedented length of time but they are not going to have had the usual preseason time to prepare for it.

“It will probably be three games a week for most teams so we need to do anything we can to help players.

“It is probably the longest Harry Kane has gone without playing football in his life. To ask him to play three games in a week would be far too much and you cannot risk these players breaking down.

“The five-sub rule will ease that and help players.”

Each side will have three opportunities to use their five substitutes, excluding half-time, to minimise stoppages.

Players’ Football Association chief executive Gordon Taylor also muted the idea of shorter half lengths when speaking to talkSPORT, although the PFA later played down the idea.

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