Injuries can often define a season, with many a title race have been decided by blows in the past.
We’ve taken a look at the games missed by players at every Premier League club due to injury, and listed them from most to least, while also looking at the three players who have missed the most games.
Tommie Hoban – 28
Craig Cathcart – 27
Younes Kaboul – 26
By far and away the club to be most afflicted by injuries. Watford’s total equates to fourand a half season-long injuries and may also have contributed in some way to Marco Silva’s dismissal, with nine different players out injured for some or all of his final 11 matches – a run of fixtures which yielded just one win.
Ramiro Funes Mori – 26
Seamus Coleman – 23
James McCarthy – 22
Tom Heaton – 25
Dean Marney – 22
Jonathan Walters – 18
Eric Bailly – 18
Michael Carrick – 18
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 18
I seem to remember a world class center half we used to have named Eric Bailly. Take me back to those times damn
— BacktrackingSZN (@Juanderooney) February 25, 2018
Edimilson Fernandes – 16
Jose Fonte – 13
Sam Byram – 12
Connor Wickham – 28
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 12
Mamadou Sakho – 10
While Palace aren’t top of the chart in terms of games missed so far, they may be come the end of the season. Wickham, Loftus-Cheek, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako and potentially Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha are all out for the remainder of the campaign.
I *think* Crystal Palace are better with Wilfried Zaha starting… pic.twitter.com/hLZckajvdo
— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) February 27, 2018
Jon Goernc-Stankovic – 28
Philip Billing – 14
Michael Hefele – 14
Note: Sean Scannell (6) has not been included in the total as injury forced his return from a season-long loan at Burton.
Nathaniel Clyne – 28
Adam Lallana – 12
Daniel Sturridge* – 10
Note: Back-up goalkeepers Adam Bogdan (28) and Danny Ward (13) have not been included in the total.
Santi Cazorla – 27
Shkodran Mustafi – 7
Calum Chambers, Olivier Giroud*, Aaron Ramsey – 6
Without Santi Cazorla’s season and possibly career-ending injury, Arsenal would be third-bottom of the list.
Our inconsistency in midfield over the past two years emphasises just how good Santi Cazorla is & was.
— DC (@davidjcarri) February 22, 2018
Victor Wanyama – 18
Toby Alderweireld – 16
Danny Rose – 13
Kyle Bartley – 19
Ki Sung-Yong – 11
Leon Britton, Renato Sanches – 9
Tyrone Mings – 23
Brad Smith – 20
Jermain Defoe – 9
Note: Back-up goalkeeper Adam Federici (13) has not been included in the total.
Benjamin Mendy – 23
Vincent Kompany – 13
John Stones – 8
Mendy’s absence has been the only potential disruption as Pep Guardiola’s side romp to the title.
Bernardo Silva to RMC Sport: "I think Mendy will be with us in three weeks. If he starts to play and he recovers well, I think he'll be there (World Cup). I hope so for his sake. I'm happy he's almost back. He really wants to go to the World Cup."
— City Watch (@City_Watch) February 22, 2018
Jesus Gamez – 15
Paul Dummett – 14
Aleksandar Mitrovic* – 8
Nacer Chadli – 15
James Morrison – 15
Craig Dawson – 9
Steve Sidwell – 25
Sam Baldock – 8
Biram Kayal – 8
Stephen Ireland – 25
Bruno Martins Indi – 8
Ibrahim Afellay, Ryan Shawcross – 5
A surprise start at Manchester United was Ireland’s only appearance of the season, featuring as an unused substitute in a match either side of that 3-0 defeat before being sidelined once more with a calf problem – having sat out for almost two years with a broken leg.
Robert Huth – 18
Matty James – 15
Danny Simpson – 6
David Luiz – 10
Danny Drinkwater – 5
Alvaro Morata, Victor Moses – 4
Charlie Austin – 9
Cedric Soares – 4
Ryan Bertrand, Matt Targett* – 3
Southampton players have incredibly missed a total of just 22 matches this season, and Mauricio Pellegrino has had a full complement of players to choose from an incredible 12 times during the course of the season so far – a luxury the majority of managers haven’t experienced once.
* Player no longer at club
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