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Arsenal and Manchester United are most injured teams since 2011/12 season


Arsenal and Manchester United have suffered from injuries most over the last six years, a Sky Sports study has found.

In total, Arsenal players have been sidelined for 10,285 days during seasons since the start of 2011/12, while Manchester United have lost 9,600 days.

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Sky Sports looked at every injury recorded by of current Premier League clubs since the start of 2011/12, up to the most recent round of fixtures, and calculated the number of days missed during active seasons.

Liverpool host Everton live on Sky Sports this Saturday and the Merseyside clubs appear next on the injured list, with the Toffees missing 8,058 days and the Reds 8,044.

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Of the teams that have featured in the top flight throughout the period, Chelsea have had the shortest period of lay-offs with just 4,559 days.

Meanwhile, Swansea have lost the second fewest number of days with 5,111, followed by West Brom (5,851), Manchester City (6,023) and Stoke (6,607).

Total days of injured players during seasons since 2011/12

Club Total days
Arsenal 10,285
Manchester United 9,600
Everton 8,058
Liverpool 8,044
Tottenham Hotspur 7,625
Sunderland 7,353
Stoke City 6,607
Manchester City 6,023
West Bromwich Albion 5,851
Swansea City 5,111
Chelsea 4,559


Sunderland have been hit hardest by injuries this term with 1,761 days lost so far, followed by West Ham (1,574), Hull City (1,434), Watford (1,388) and Crystal Palace (1,385).

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In contrast, West Brom's impressive season has been boosted by a league low 389 days of injuries, while Chelsea's title tilt has benefited from just 444 days lost.

Gary Cahill celebrates scoring Chelsea's winner against Stoke
Image: Chelsea players have lost just 444 days through injuries this season

The Gunners have lost 1,038 days in total, losing Santi Cazorla (150 days), Aaron Ramsey (117 days) and Per Mertesacker (166 days) for extensive periods.

Manchester United players have missed 787 days, with Phil Jones (90), Luke Shaw (84), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (81), Eric Bailly (59) and Chris Smalling (58) out for long spells.

The longest lay-offs this term have been Stoke's Jack Butland, Everton's Muhamed Besic and Hull's Moses Odubajo, who have all missed the entire campaign so far.

Total days lost from injuries 2016/17

Club Days injured 2016/17
Sunderland 1,761
West Ham United 1,574
Hull City 1,434
Watford 1,388
Crystal Palace 1,385
Liverpool 1,299
Southampton 1,274
Everton 1,079
Arsenal 1,038
Stoke City 945
Manchester United 787
Manchester City 746
Bournemouth 730
Tottenham Hotspur 721
Swansea City 658
Leicester City 609
Middlesbrough 606
Burnley 583
Chelsea 444
West Bromwich Albion 389


Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere, on loan from Arsenal, has been the most injured Premier League player over the period.

Jack Wilshere of Bournemouth in action during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Watford at Vitality
Image: Jack Wilshere has been the Premier League's most injured player since 2011/12

The England midfielder has missed 884 days during the last six seasons - 879 days during his time at Arsenal - of which 606 days were from foot and ankle injuries.

Former Gunner Abou Diaby is second on the list with 858 days on the sidelines before his move to Marseille in 2015, followed by former Everton trio Darron Gibson (792), Tony Hibbert (768) and Steven Pienaar (744).

Andy Carroll turns to celebrate after scoring his second goal against Middlesbrough
Image: Andy Carroll is among the most injured Premier League players

Next among the most injured are West Ham's Andy Carroll (723), Manchester United's Phil Jones (721), Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (647) and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (640).

Total days missed during seasons, since start of 2011/12

Player Days
Jack Wilshere 884
Abou Diaby 858
Darron Gibson 792
Tony Hibbert 768
Steven Pienaar 744
Andy Carroll 723
Phil Jones 721
Vincent Kompany 647
Daniel Sturridge 640
Jack Rodwell 633


December has been the worst month for injuries with 683 cases since 2011/12 - supporting arguments for a winter break in England.

More injuries have occured in December than any other calendar month between the start of 2011/12 and the end of 2015/16
Image: More injuries have occured in December than any other month between the start of 2011/12 and the end of 2015/16

Indeed, the next worst months have been January (597) and November (586), followed by September (569) and February (568).

The season of 2014/15 produced more injuries than any other during the period in our study with 1,192 recorded, compared with 857 so far this season.

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