Written and submitted by Cute Injury
All football clubs suffer from player injuries, which have the potential to make or break seasons and impact the chances for silverware. But which teams have the worst luck when it comes to injuries to players?
At Cute Injury we have analysed the data for every Premier League team over the past six seasons (including the current 2017/18 season) to get an idea not only about what injuries football players suffer from, but also which teams’ players get the most.
See the full data here, and read on for a full breakdown of the injuries to Manchester City players over the past six seasons.
TOTAL NUMBER OF INJURIES PER SEASON
Manchester City have averaged just over 22 injuries per season over the last six seasons, with the 2015/16 season being by far the worst with 43 injuries to players – more than one for each Premier League game.
In comparison to every other team that has been in the Premier League over the past six seasons, Manchester City are behind only Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool in terms of total number of injuries.
TOTAL NUMBER OF GAMES MISSED PER SEASON
To judge the extent of Manchester City’s injury record, we also looked at how many games were missed by players due to injury over the past six seasons.
On average, Man City players missed 96 accumulative games each season because of injury – which means each injury resulted in an average of 4.4 games missed.
When compared with the other ever-present Premier League teams over the past five seasons (not including this season), Man City’s ‘games missed’ record is not quite as bad as the total number of injuries they suffer would suggest. Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham, Man Utd and Everton all have worst records than City when it comes to the amount of games missed because of injury.
INJURIES BY POSITION
Now let’s take a look at how Man City’s injuries are spread across the playing squad.
Man City’s defenders account for the most injuries – suffering 39% of all the injuries. Midfielders are not far behind with 34% of the injuries, with forwards suffering 26% and goalkeepers just 2% of all the injuries suffered by Manchester City players.
INJURY TYPE BY POSITION
Now let’s drill down into what type of injuries affected Manchester City players, and see what patterns exist in terms of what injuries affect each position.
Knee and hamstring injuries dominate the injuries suffered by Manchester City’s defenders, followed by calf injuries (18%) and then thigh and groin problems (11%).
Hamstring and knee injuries are also the most common injury for Man City’s midfielders, but the types of injury are much more spread out. With muscular leg injuries, thigh and head injuries all featuring prominently.
Man City’s forwards are also most prone to knee and hamstring injuries, and were the only City players to miss games through ‘illness’ in the past six seasons (Mario Balotelli, Jose Pozo and Leroy Sané).
WHEN DO INJURIES HAPPEN?
To get a further insight into Manchester City’s injury record over the past six seasons (including this season), we also looked at what month each injury happened.
December is by far the most common month for Man City players to suffer an injury – suggesting the busy festive period of Premier League matches is when the players tend to feel the strain. There is also a surge of injuries in March and April, as the long season starts to take it’s toll.