The cost of football injuries has rocketed over the last year, costing Premier League clubs an eye-watering £177m.
Clubs shelled out £20m more in 2016/17 than the preceding season.
Manchester City was worst hit financially, with crocked players costing the club £18.3m. However, much of this was down to the club’s comparatively loose purse strings. It had 30 players out of action during the season, meaning each injury cost over £600,000.
Relegated Sunderland was worst hit in player terms with 58 injuries.
Which team was worst hit?
West Bromwich Albion did best; both in numbers of players (15) and the associated cost (£1.8m).
The analysis, by insurance firm JLT Specialty, highlighted younger players were most at risk from severe ailments. Since 2011, under 21s have spent an average of 45 days on the sidelines each season, with 21-25s off for an average of 43 days.
Defenders are most likely to be injured, with a 6.3 per cent chance each match. But goalkeepers are hit with the worst injuries, their time on the sidelines is on average 10 days more than any other position
“We seem to be seeing a case of injury-flation this year,” said JLT Specialty head of sport Duncan Fraser.
Over the last six seasons there has been a steady increase in the cost of injuries as players become more and more expensive and the Premier League becomes more and more competitive.
Injury types – days and cost