Ranking PL clubs by the no. of games missed by injured players in 20-21

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The extra-condensed nature of this Premier League season means injuries are a hot topic, especially when it comes to Liverpool and Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp have both blamed scheduling for muscle injuries suffered by their players. But do the stats fit with the narrative – is it the biggest clubs, playing in Europe, that have been the worst affected?

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 listing the three players for each who have missed the most.

1. Crystal Palace – 53

Nathan Ferguson – 10
Connor Wickham – 10
James Tomkins – 8

Summer signing Nathan Ferguson hasn’t kicked a ball since January as he continues to suffer from the knee injury that proved problematic at his former club West Brom. 

That and having Connor Wickham and James Tomkins out for large spells, put Palace at the top of the list, but fortunately for Roy Hodgson he’s mostly had his trusted first-choice regulars available.

2. Arsenal – 51

Gabriel Martinelli – 10
Pablo Mari – 9
Calum Chambers – 7

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3. Newcastle United – 49

Martin Dubravka – 10
Paul Dummett – 10
Dwight Gayle – 10

4. Man City – 47

Sergio Aguero – 7
Gabriel Jesus – 5
Benjamin Mendy – 5

Man City have recorded their lowest goal tally at this stage of the season in 16 years. Having his two first-choice strikers out for long stretches goes some way to explain that stat.

At various points City have also had to make do without important players like Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and briefly Kevin De Bruyne.

5. Leeds United – 43

Adam Forshaw – 10
Gaetano Berardi – 10
Diego Llorente – 7

6. Everton – 42

Mason Holgate – 7
Jarrad Branthwaite – 7
Cenk Tosun – 6

7. Liverpool – 39

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 10
Thiago Alcantara – 7
Xherdan Shaqiri – 7

Liverpool are likely to climb up this list in the coming months with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk both sidelined for the foreseeable future.

It’s been far from an ideal situation for the champions that the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and marquee summer signing Thiago Alcantara have missed games after testing positive for coronavirus amid several other injury headaches for Jurgen Klopp.

8. Leicester City – 38

Ricardo Pereira – 10
Wilfred Ndidi – 8
Daniel Amartey – 8

9. Sheffield United – 35

Lys Mousset – 9
Jack O’Connell – 8
Wes Foderingham – 6

10. Aston Villa – 32

Wesley – 9
Tom Heaton – 7
Kortney Hause – 7

11. Fulham – 32

Kenny Tete – 7
Josh Onomah – 7
Terence Kongolo – 6

12. Burnley – 31

Jack Cork – 10
Ben Mee – 6
Phil Bardsley – 5

13. Chelsea – 25

Billy Gilmour – 8
Christian Pulisic – 6
Hakim Ziyech – 4

Academy graduate Billy Gilmour is the only player Frank Lampard has had to consistently make do without so far this season.

His breakthrough performances were more than impressive last year, but given the extent to which Chelsea’s squad has been bolstered it doesn’t seem likely that he would have had a regular place in the team.

14. Brighton – 24

Florin Andone – 10
Davy Propper – 8
Alireza Jahanbakhsh – 4

15. Southampton – 23

Mohammed Salisu – 10
Will Smallbone – 5
Danny Ings – 3

16. Manchester United – 21

Jesse Lingard – 6
Eric Bailly – 5
Alex Telles – 3

17. Tottenham – 20

Japhet Tanganga – 9
Giovani Lo Celso – 3
Gareth Bale – 3

Jose Mourinho has gotten off lightly this year, which is quite something when you consider he’s juggled three rounds of Europa League qualifiers before the tournament itself, not to mention staying in the League Cup.

Making up for the injury crisis they suffered last term, perhaps.

18. West Brom – 20

Sam Field – 7
Kieran Gibbs – 5
Hal Robson-Kanu – 4

19. Wolves – 16

Jonny Otto – 10
Marcal – 3
Romain Saiss – 2

20. West Ham – 7

Michail Antonio – 3
Mark Noble – 2
Andriy Yarmolenko – 2


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