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PL clubs paid ₹1,944 crore in wages to injured players – 4.5 times more than the amount spent by 8 IPL teams in 2018 Auction

Despite suffering 2nd fewest injuries in the 2017-18 season, Man United made payments of `208 crore - the highest by a single club.

London: According to a report carried by BBC.com, Premier League clubs paid out £217m (Rs1944 crore) in wages to injured players in the 2017-18 season, with Manchester United’s £23.3m (Rs208 crore) the highest by a single club.

Injuries decreased but cost increased last season

The cost increased by 21% from £176.6m (Rs1582 crore) in 2016-17, despite the total number of injuries falling from 735 to 663. Arsenal suffered 54 separate injuries last season – the most in the Premier League.

Champions Manchester City suffered the second fewest number of injuries in the season – 24 along with Newcastle – while Brighton had the fewest injuries (15) of any top-flight club and also paid out the least in wages (£3.01m) to injured players.

Hamstring most common injury

Hamstring injuries were most common, while knee injuries had the highest average cost of £613,402 (Rs5.49 crore) per injury. Illness increased by almost 600% with only nine days lost in 2016-17 but rising to 62 days last season. Insurance broker JLT Specialty calculated that an injury costs a club an average of £323,000 (Rs 2.89 crore) in wages.

Duncan Fraser, head of sport at JLT, said: “It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the World Cup has on injury rates in the upcoming season.

Premier League table of injuries 2017/18

Club Cost(£mn) No of injuries
Man United 23.3 37
Arsenal 19.3 54
Liverpool 16.2 44
Chelsea 16 38
Everton 15.9 35
Crystal Palace 15.8 35
West Ham 14.8 50
Man City 13.9 24
Watford 11 37
Tottenham 10.5 33
West Brom 8 34
Swansea 7.3 27
Burnley 7 26
Stoke 6.5 30
Leicester 6 30
Bournemouth 5.7 35
Southampton 5.1 25
Newcastle 4.5 24
Huddersfield 4 30
Brighton 3 15

(*Figures rounded to nearest £100,000)

Amount spent by IPL teams in 2018 Auction

Team Amount(in cr)
CSK 40.5
DD 45.4
MI 46.35
RCB 48.85
SRH 58.35
KKR 59
RR 65.85
KXIP 67.4
Total 431.70

(A total of 169 players were bought in 2018 Auction)

 

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