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|
(*Figures rounded to nearest £100,000)
Amount spent by IPL teams in 2018 Auction
(A total of 169 players were bought in 2018 Auction)