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Premier League injury report shows true impact of World Cup as Man Utd and Chelsea suffer


Manchester United had the joint highest number of injuries throughout the 2022/23 campaign which included the Qatar World Cup taking place for a month mid-season – while the tournament hit Chelsea financially

Manchester United had the joint-highest number of injuries last season around the World Cup(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Premier League players spent eight extra days injured on the sidelines after the World Cup, according to new research.

‌It shows the huge impact the mid-season tournament had on top flight stars and also reveals a sharp rise in ankle, calf and hamstring injuries because of the extra demand on top flight stars.

‌The Howden’s 2022/23 European Football Injury Index also reveals that Manchester United had the joint most injuries throughout the campaign with 69 while Chelsea had the costliest based on lost days through their wage bill.

‌The report has become the most respected and in-depth across Europe’s top five leagues and shows that recorded injuries in October 2022 saw players out for an average of 11.35 days compared to 19.41 days in January 2023.

That sharp rise of eight days shows the impact of the Qatar World Cup and, even though the number of injuries fell in the Premier League by 23 per cent, players were actually out for longer periods which again could be as a result of the winter tournament.

‌Manchester United and Nottingham Forest suffered from the joint-highest number of injuries across the season (69). Chelsea registered the highest total injury cost, with 68 injury instances costing £40.07m. Fulham (27) and Brentford (28) saw the fewest instances of injury.

‌It is a powerful message for the Professional Footballers’ Association as the players’ union campaigns for more breaks and better scheduling as well as a global calendar to ease the strain on members.

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