Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes the Premier League should follow the lead of its European neighbours and introduce a winter break into the season.
The rigours of the English game are clear for all to see, and the introduction of a period of rest during the height of winter has been suggested as a route the Premier League should explore.
The Bundesliga is the most high-profile competition to adopt the strategy of a winter break, and Uefa suggests that injury levels are four-times lower in April and May in leagues with a rest period.
Having spent three years in the Germany with Hamburg, Van der Vaart experienced the benefits some down time can have on rest of the campaign, and would like to see such a system adopted in England.
"In England you cannot do without a winter break, a small break to charge your batteries. But will that ever happen?" Van der Vaart said, as reported by skysports.com.
"At the moment I am only just fully fit again."
The 29-year-old Holland international highlights the Premier League as the most physically demanding in the world; something perhaps demonstrated by the succession of injuries he has suffered.
The Spurs star admits to struggling with the intensity of the English game, and clearly believes a winter break would perhaps be a way to combat burnout of players in the Premier League.
"In England all the away games are difficult due to the pace, power and working spirit from the first minute until the last," he added.
"At the away game at Stoke I thought about walking off the pitch after 25 minutes.
"They didn't do anything but bashing, tackling and using the long ball. Totally not my style, but they are getting results with it.
"In Europe the Spanish and not the English clubs are ruling. But for me that just confirms what I said.
"The intensity in England is so big; they ask a lot of you."
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