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Major Increase in Premier League Injuries Recorded

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Major Increase in Premier League Injuries Recorded

On Sunday evening, Liverpool Jurgen Klopp made an urgent appeal for the schedulers of English football to do something about the workload Premier League players are facing, warning his team could struggle to field 11 fit men by the end of the season.

And he is not alone, with Premier League treatment rooms filling up, and the number of players forced to go under the surgeons knife on the increase as well.

Liverpool may be the worst affected, with ten men of their squad currently unavailable, but they are closely followed by Arsenal (9), Brighton (8) and Aton Villa and Newcastle (7).

The Premier League has been compiling its own statistics, and they reveal a 16% increase in players suffering from muscular injuries after the first 8 matchdays, compared to the same number last season.

This has not happened by accident. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic last season went on longer than usual, eating into the traditional summer holiday period. Players were forced to play a lot of games in a short period of time, and then did not get the minimum three weeks rest that they normally expect.

It also meant that pre-season, when they normally work on fitness was truncated. As a result, many of them began the campaign with a fitness deficit.

And then there are the demands of this season which are intense. Although the season began late, it has to be finished by mid-May because of next summers European Championships. In a compressed timeframe, therefore, clubs have to fit in a full season, two domestic cup competitions and, for those involved in European competition, either the Champions League or the Europa League.

There is also a full schedule of international games as well, with countries squeezing in three games during the last international break.

To make matters worse, the staggered mid-season break, which was only introduced for the first time last season, has had to be abandoned due to the lack of available time, meaning that there will be no chance for players to rest weary limbs in February.

And with the hectic Christmas and New Year schedule looming, club doctors and physios are likely to have their work cut out for them.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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