The Premier League is reportedly set to introduce permanent concussion substitutes in matches from the middle of next week.

The rule change will mean that teams including Burnley can replace a player if they sustain a head injury that has caused a suspected concussion - and it will not count as one of the three substitutions permitted under normal circumstances.

The measure is initially being brought in on a trial basis and will be confirmed at a meeting on Wednesday, according to The Times.

As part of the trial, each team will be allowed to make up to two permanent concussion substitutes per match.

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And in a bid to avoid potential abuse of the rule, opposition sides will be able to make a change at the same time if they wish to.

The Football Association is said to be keen to introduce the rule in the FA Cup - for the fifth round of this season's competition.

The fourth round of the cup takes place this weekend, with the Premier League resuming next Tuesday (January 26).

Feedback from the trials will be given to the International Football Association Board (Ifab) annual general meeting in March.

The Premier League announced its intention to roll out the rule change shortly before Christmas.

"With player welfare the Premier League's priority, clubs agreed in principle to introduce additional permanent concussion substitutions following approval of the trial by the International Football Association Board," said a league statement at the time.

"The Premier League will look to implement protocols which will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number.

"The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team has made already."

Meanwhile, FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: "I think we have to state clearly why permanent substitutes are better.

"We had a concussion expert group pulled together by Fifa and Ifab to look at this and their view is very firmly that it's safer."