The Carabao Cup could be ditched from the English football calendar if UEFA opts to add more games to the Champions League group stages.
Europe’s elite club competition is currently considering changing the format to allow for 10 matches in the group phase.
The alteration has been met with opposition from the Premier League, but some clubs are believed to be in support of the move.
Should the number of group games be increased, it would wreak logistical havoc for those in the Champions League, putting the EFL Cup, which has been part of English football for 60 years, in danger of being scrapped.
Premier League chief Richard Masters gave his verdict on how the European change could impact the Carabao Cup, insisting that despite serious issues, it wouldn’t necessarily be the end for the competition.
“In the end, there isn’t enough space,” Masters said.
“It’s not an absolute that if somehow the shape of the European competitions changes, the Carabao Cup is terminally damaged.
“There are some clever fixture people out there that may be able to slot the thing together. But I think it would fundamentally alter its trajectory.”
Despite reaching the final, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola even appeared to call for the EFL Cup to be scrapped completely to allow for more consistent breaks in his side’s schedule.
“Eliminate competitions, take out this competition,” the Spaniard said last month. “So less games, less competitions, less teams, more quality, less quantity.
“People can live without football for a while. It's too much. Start the season later after the summer.
“We have one game a week for a long time and then, after, we start having two or three in one week.
“In February it is one week (playing), one week (playing), two weeks off.
“We have two games in two weeks then, after, we have 72 games in one week. It's a little bit strange.”