True cost of Premier League injuries – including Manchester United’s £52MILLION in lost wages over three years

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Manchester United have paid more in wages to injured players than any other club over the past three years, a new study has revealed.

United’s squad have suffered a staggering 187 injuries during the period, costing them no less than £52million in wages.

The spend on injured players is closely rivaled by their local and Premier League title rivals, Manchester City, who have shelled out over £48million in wages packets to their crocked stars over the same period.

New data from Sick Notes claims that Arsenal and Liverpool have both also paid over £40million in wages to players on the sideline.

Premier League ‘big six’ injury costs

Source: Sick Notes. Based on wages paid to injured players over three year period.

Manchester United have paid big money to their injured stars

Paul Pogba is another who has been out of action for a few months

Chelsea, meanwhile, appear to have got lucky with injuries, with suffering significantly less than anyone else on the league.

The champions have had just 1,500 days of injuries across the whole squad over the past three years, while United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all suffered over 4,000.

Club Injury days Injuries accrued Most common injury
Liverpool 4,153 162 Knee injury (607 days)
Arsenal 4,131 147 Knee injury (483)
Manchester United 4,096 187 Ankle injury (492)
Manchester City 2,795 146 Hamstring injury (571)
Tottenham 2,751 124 Ankle injury (710)
Chelsea 1,499 98 Knee injury (289)

Jack Wilshere’s injury problems have cost Arsenal large sums in wages

Sadio Mane has been injured for Liverpool this season

Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have perhaps been the most unlucky team with injuries

The most unlucky club in the Premier League when it comes to injuries is Newcastle.

Across 137 niggles that they have picked up, it has seen a total of 5,172 days missed, totalling an average of nearly five players injured at any one point.

Curtis Good was the longest absentee for them, missing 501 days of action.

Southampton were the most unlucky with one particular player, with Jay Rodriguez – who has since moved to West Brom – missing a total of 594 days of action.

Team Sum of days missed Count of individual injuries Most injured player (days missed)
Newcastle 5,172 137 Curtis Good (501)
Everton 4,283 132 Bryan Oviedo (454)
Liverpool 4,153 162 Jon Flanagan (492)
Arsenal 4,131 147 Danny Welbeck (354)
Manchester United 4,096 187 Luke Shaw (449)
Stoke 3,518 157 Stephen Ireland (494)
Southampton 3,478 104 Jay Rodriguez (549)
Aston Villa 3,342 117 Libor Kozak (413)
West Ham 3,198 145 Andy Carroll (428)
Sunderland 3,098 148 Emanuele Giaccherini (219)
Crystal Palace 3,018 122 Marouane Chamakh (341)
Hull 2,854 86 Robert Snodgrass (387)
Manchester City 2,795 146 Samir Nasri (340)
Tottenham 2,751 124 Erik Lamela (294)
Burnley 2,342 56 Dean Marney (459)
Swansea 2,036 91 Leon Britton (197)
Bournemouth 2,017 55 Tyrone Mings (368)
Leicester 1,894 79 Matthew James (287)
West Brom 1,768 101 Ben Foster (318)
QPR 1,539 62 Alejandro Faurlin (326)
Chelsea 1,499 98 Radamel Falcao (135)
Watford 1,139 47 Brice Dja Djedje
Norwich 462 20 Youssuf Mulumbu (87)
Middlesbrough 375 14 Grant Leadbitter (172)
Cardiff 58 6 Gary Medel (19)
Fulham 44 5 Alex Kacaniklic (13)
GRAND TOTAL 65,060 2,551 JAY RODRIGUEZ (549)

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