Sam calls for insurance policy
Blackburn boss Allardyce is frustrated after in-form midfielder Brett Emerton suffered a hamstring injury playing for Australia in Egypt in midweek. Emerton is now doubtful for Sunday's Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Ewood Park. Allardyce has branded this week's international friendlies as "meaningless" and at the very least feels clubs should be compensated for wages if players return injured. Liverpool will receive a sum for the loss of Steven Gerrard whilst on England duty but not all national federations can afford the insurance policies the Football Association have in place. Allardyce said: "Sometimes international players have to play in meaningless friendlies and you pay the consequences as a club sometimes. "The financial pressures on football clubs are getting ever more demanding and you can't afford to lose money anywhere. "From our point of view we lose the player's services but still have to fund the wages. "It would certainly be in the interests of football if FIFA and UEFA got together and made an overall insurance policy. That would be a fantastic idea. "Every country recognised by FIFA had to pay a premium into a central pot and then if your club had a player injured on international duty you could apply to that fund to make sure you were at least compensated financially." Allardyce feels players have been overburdened in the past fortnight as there was also a full programme of Premier League fixtures in midweek last week. He added: "I think really the Premier League need to look at what they are doing and give us more consideration regarding international fixtures. "The players shouldn't have a three-game week the week before international duty and then have another three-game week. "We always want to buy quality players, top internationals. We all know we have got to deal with it but I think a little more thought could go in to making it better."