The question on everybody’s lips right now is: ‘How will Manchester City fare without Kevin De Bruyne?’. Probably just fine.
After the midfield maestro was confirmed to be out for 3 months with a knee ligament injury sustained in training earlier in the week, we’ve taken a look at the Premier League teams who suffered from losing big players to injury last season.
The high intensity football that Jurgen Klopp has brought to Anfield took some getting used to by the players. When players are initiating high-intensity sprints at such regular intervals as Liverpool do, then muscle injuries are always a risk. But it seems last year, the players got used to the workload or the physios at Melwood need a pay rise, as Liverpool lost the least days to injury than any other club last year. Sadio Mane was absent for a few weeks and Nathanial Clyne and Adam Lallana were still recovering from previous injuries meaning Liverpool lost a total of 74 days to injury.
Although Southampton had a scare at the bottom of the table; managing to keep themselves in the top flight for another year, it seems one thing the club do very well is keep their players in shape. The south coast squad managed to only lose 78 days to injury with the most noticeable injuries coming from Mario Lemina with a foot injury and Charlie Austin, who missed the odd game due to “knocks”.
Heading to the other end of the injury table was a very unlucky London side who lost a whopping 328 days to injury. Not only did they lose the second highest number of days to injury, they also managed to lose some of their most important players: Christian Benteke, whilst not really seen as a vital Palace goal scorer, would have provided good back up if it wasn’t for his injury troubles; Connor Wickham was also side-lined with a knee injury and their talisman Wilfried Zaha had to sit out every game until October – he made up for lost time in the end though.
And finally, the award for unluckiest team fell to Watford. No club suffered more injuries last season; Nathan Chalobah started the season promisingly enough only to be side-lined momentarily. Issac Success was unfortunately not so successful at remaining fit and healthy and had to sit out with a knee injury for a large portion of the year. At one point, the side had 10 injured players; it’s a huge surprise they managed to stay up with 408 days lost to injury.