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Premier League Injuries and Costs Soar to Record Levels Following Gruelling 2018-19 Season

London   |   13 August 2019

According to new research from Marsh, the world's leading insurance broker and risk adviser, the 20 English Premier League clubs had a total of 764 football injuries during the 2018-19 season – the most in the last eight years.

A likely consequence of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, player fatigue, and shortening summer recovery times, the busiest physio table belonged to Manchester United, with 63 injuries, while Wolves experienced the lowest number of injuries (11) last season.

The Football Injury Index 2019, which is produced by Marsh JLT Specialty, asserts that the cost of injuries to Premier League clubs reached a record £221 million in 2018-19, a 3% rise on the 2017-18 season.

Manchester City incurred the highest injury costs in 2018-19, spending £26.3 million on injured players, but the clubs most affected by injuries throughout the season were West Ham (2,003 total days out), Arsenal (1,771 days out) and Tottenham (1,652 days out); these three clubs also topped the list for average unavailability of players each match day.

The rise in injury costs has largely been driven by the top six clubs, which account for 54% of these costs. The top six have experienced an average 48% increase in salaries paid to injured players since 2016, with Tottenham Hotspur particularly affected, seeing costs rise by 110% in the last three years.

Premier League injuries snapshot: top six analysis

Club

Points

Total no. of injuries

Total days out

Total cost of injuries

1. Manchester City

98

44

1,407

£26,345,944

2. Liverpool

97

50

1,136

£15,153,667

3. Chelsea

72

50

1,014

£11,475,608

4. Tottenham Hotspur

71

61

1,652

£17,889,083

5. Arsenal

70

49

1,771

£24,169,244

6. Manchester United

66

63

1,238

£25,171,708

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