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Newcastle United Finish Top (Bottom?) Of the 2012/13 Injury Affected List

9 years ago

Alan Pardew might have mentioned injuries a ‘few’ times last season but he could have a point in referring to them as ONE of the reasons why Newcastle performed so poorly last season.

Figures compiled by industry specialist, show that Newcastle United were bottom, or is that top(?), of last season’s injury league.

Newcastle lost 1,745 lost days of playing time over the course of the season.

In total, United suffered 41 ‘significant’ injuries, with significant defined as any injury that removes a player from action for 14 or more days.

In terms of lost days, the next three clubs to be badly affected  were Wigan, Villa and QPR, with two of those three obviously relegated and Villa (and Newcastle!) not far off.

At the other end of the spectrum, you will see from the statistics that Manchester City’s injuries increased by over 400% compared to their Title winning year, though there their city rivals didn’t seem to be too badly affected by their injury record last team.

In terms of Newcastle though, it wasn’t just the number of injuries, it was also the fact that with many of them it was key players who suffered.

Hatem Ben Arfa started just 16 Premier League matches (recurring hamstring).

Yohan Cabaye missed 12 league matches (groin injuries).

Ryan Taylor missed whole season (cruciate knee).

Krul missed early matches as well as the end of the season (dislocated shoulder).

Steven Taylor managed 24 starts (hamstring/knee).

Coloccini made 22 starts (back injury).

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