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Premier League: Should there be a winter break?

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The festive period is over and it's onward and upward until the end of the season with players from an array of nations looking to cement a place in there respective nation's World Cup squad.

The Premier League plays host to a feast of football over Christmas and the New Year with games coming thick and fast for all 20 clubs in the top-flight.

Opinions are split as to whether this is a fantastically unique tradition for the UK or absolutely bonkers.

This season saw four games in 12 days if you were the lucky majority, or four games in ten days for Arsenal and Chelsea. 

The old debate as to whether there should be a Christmas break is always debatable with the other dominant footballing nations having two weeks off to rest and recuperate.

Especially when we have just opened our calenders, flicked through and ringed June 14 as the day that England kick off against Italy in the heart of the Amazonian jungle.

It can be difficult to counter the argument that the World Cup should take priority and if other nations are benefiting from players being in better physical condition then it is simply old fashioned not to make the switch too.

For the fans it can be a different story, an action packed fixture list to watch when being off work is a blessing they would rather not lose and is the sport not supposed to be for the fans anyway?

Theo Walcott has been the latest casualty of the season, with ligament damage to his left knee meaning it looks almost certain that he will not be able to go to the World Cup in the summer.

Most sports scientists appear to agree that by playing so many intense football matches so close together, then these injuries are inevitable.

The football season has Boxing day, New Year's day and the last day of the season to play host to all ten matches on the same afternoon which makes for brilliant entertainment.

Particularly with the 'table as it stands' feature showing teams jostling for the title, the top four and in the relegation zone - long may that continue.

If the number of festive fixtures is needed or not, the entertainment is always worthwhile. However, one or two more injuries like Walcott's denting England's World Cup hopes should not be ignored.

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