Injured Premier League players have cost their clubs an estimated £79million in wages this season, with Manchester City and Arsenal topping the list.
Insurance brokers JLT Specialty (JLT) collated injury data from every Premier League match during the period of July 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, with injuries causing players to miss at least one game being counted in the report.
The statistics generated by JLT have been based on the average salary of each club rather than the wages of each individual player – which could be one reason for the large disparity between the Premier League ‘elite’ clubs and the rest of the top flight.
They have found that there were 366 injuries in total during the six-month period with Manchester City incurring the highest costs while West Brom and Burnley both paid the least amount.
During this time, City paid £9.2million while Arsenal sit second in the list with a cost of £8.2million, with West Ham rounding up the top three in most wages paid to injured players with a bill of £6.6million.
Burnley and West Brom prop up the list with a total of just £600,000 while Bournemouth had an outcome of £1.1million during the first half of the campaign.
Manchester City had 17 injuries at an average cost of £539,000 while Bournemouth picked up 19 injuries during the same timescale at a cost of just £59,000 per player.
The Premier League average for each injury was over £216,000, highlighting the difference in wages between the higher and lower echelons of England’s top flight.
The report took into account the severity of the injury with back and knee issues being the most severe for players to be sidelined with – missing an average of 50 and 49 days respectively.
Knee injuries have also been the most common and costliest, having occurred 63 times already this season – amounting to over £20million in total, while defenders have had the most expensive injuries, costing each club an average of £233,000.
Duncan Fraser, head of sport at JLT said of the results: “Player burnout and injury from the gruelling schedules is becoming more common. Our research over the past five seasons found that December is the month where most injuries occurred.
“The lack of a winter break may be one contributing factor. We also saw a spike in injuries during July and August, we believe this may be the result of a busy summer of football following the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament leaving many players with a shortened pre-season.
“Players’ salaries are continuing to escalate in the top division, and therefore as a result, clubs are increasingly looking to insure their players with the use of a Wageroll Protection policy. That way, if a player gets injured for an extended period of time, they can claim a certain percentage of their large salary back.”
|July 1 to Dec 1 inclusive|