Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes it is time for the Premier League to introduce a mid-season break to protect players from burning out.

The City boss has argued that players do not get enough rest and so the introduction of a winter break would be the correct solution to this problem.

The ongoing debate about introducing a mid-season break was re lit this week as England boss Roy Hodgson accused clubs of using the 10-day international break as an excuse to give players a rest, also claiming that this situation was harming England’s chances of success.

And it seems as though Mancini agrees stating that he felt the only way to address the situation is for English football to finally follow the schedule that many other European nations have, and have a mid-season break.

According to The Mirror Mancini said: "I think that we need to have a break in December, because we play a lot of games.

"I think the moment they decide to give the players one week off in December, it would be good for clubs and for the national team. It's incredible, these players play all the time and they don't have the time to recover very well.

"When we finish the Premier League, we go for one week in New York. When we come back, there are some players who play in the Confederations Cup or have World Cup qualifiers. It's incredible." 

The long drawn-out debate about whether there should be a mid-season break in English football will no doubt continue, but it is clear to see that there are people who think it needs to happen sooner rather than later. 

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