Injuries in the English Premier League have reached a new all time high of 196 as reported by BBC.
Players from various Premier League club’s have sustained series of injuries in just three months of the season. These injuries has proven to be a setback for some teams whose key players are out.
Newcastle United and Manchester United have suffered the most injuries with 14 each. The Magpies earned their first Champions League qualification last season and hope of putting in an epic challenge in their difficult Champions League group is being draw short by lack of first team players.
Kieran Trippier had to confront his own fans after a bitter loss in the hands of Bournemouth. He was heard saying “how many injuries do we have” three times.
Manchester United injuries are also at the extreme with new boy, Rasmus Hojlund joining the long list. Erik ten Hag men can as well blame his team poor form on injury crisis.
Chelsea, Brighton, Wolves, etc are other teams with high number of players injured. Chelsea new signings, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku haven’t managed a single second on the pitch this season because they are injured.
With 196 injuries so far, Premier League have recorded 15% increase in numbers of injuries per season. The ongoing 2023/2024 season is just 3 months old, with a further 6 months to be played. This means the tally of injuries has a high tendency of going beyond 196.
The cause of these injuries can be tied to the numerous games footballers have to play. Despite calls for these games to be reduced, the organizing bodies have kept deaf ears.