A report by Sky Sports looking at injured players in the Premier League from 2011/12 downwards has identified Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere as the most injured player.
The Three Lions player in the last six seasons has missed at least 884 days of footballing action. The injuries were recorded by Physioroom.com.
Wilshere picked up mostly foot and ankle injuries during the time he was sidelined, analysis reveal. Almost seventy percent of the 879 injuries he endured in a Gunner shirt were foot and ankle related.
Then there’s another Arsenal star in AbouDiaby. The ex-Emirates star was sidelined for 858 days before he eventually exited the club in 2015.
The duo and others ensured Arsenal are the Premier League most hit side in the period under consideration. Over 10,000 days were lost to injuries, as different players limited the strength of the team. Manchester United and Everton FC are second and third with 9,600 and 8,058 respectively. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur complete the top five teams hit with a spate of injuries in the Premier League for the six years.
Everton players Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, and Steven Pienaar are amongst the most injured players. West Ham’s Andy Carroll, Man United’s Phil Jones, Man City skipper Vincent Kompany, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Sunderland’s Jack Rodwellmake up the top ten most injured players in those years, in that order.
However, this season, Sunderland is leading. The club has lost 1761 days already, ahead of West Ham’s 1574 and Hull City’s 1434. Watford, Crystal Palace and Liverpool rank high on the list this year.
Clubs that have been able to manage the substitutes, and rotate players have been able to survive the injuries but it has no doubt affected them in many ways.