Premier League Injury Index

13 February 2018

When a sportsperson gets injured, the cost to their club can be huge. We’ve created the latest Sports Injury Index, to help clubs understand the financial effect of injury – and protect themselves against it.

We are pleased to publish the JLT Premier League Injury Analysis for the first half of the 2017-18 season. Each year, we examine how injuries have affected the 20 English Premier League football clubs over the course of the most recent season. It helps clubs and stakeholders around the game to understand the financial impact of player injuries, and assess the extent of injury risk exposures.

Our key findings show that Premier League clubs have paid out more than £78 million in wages to injured players in the first half of the current season . Although the average cost of injuries has risen for another year, the overall total lost by clubs is only 44% of the entire 2016/17 season, and the number of injuries is down on this point last season.

Manchester United lead the cost of injuries with an estimated £15.8m.

We are just over half way through the season and are seeing the league almost running away with Manchester City. How much have injuries cost clubs so far? With the lead up to the World Cup, keeping players in top form and condition is very important.

Cost of injuries by season

Teams also appear to have paid quite a price for heavy scheduling in December, when there was a pile-up of fixtures for the holiday period and the average number of new injuries peaked at more than 19 per week

Injuries and Performance Analysis

With Manchester City currently leading at the top of the table, the findings intimate that one factor for their elevated points total could be the relative availability of their players. With only 16 injuries and 442 total days out (the second lowest in the league behind Southampton), as well as the third lowest average of unavailable players per match day at 2.62, Manchester City can count themselves amongst the healthiest teams in the league.

The below graphic compares the performance on the Premier League and the average number of unavailable players each matchday. We can see that Manchester City had one of the lowest rates of unavailable players and the y lead the Premier League table. There’s light correlation between both, the lower the number of injuries, the higher the number of league points.

Performance of teams vs injury

Our methodology

Injury data was collected for every competitive match played by the Premier League teams between 1st July 2017 and 31st January 2018, all data was collected from public sources. The key data sources were Transfermrkt, Physioroom, and Sky Sports. Only injuries which caused players to miss at least one game were counted for the purpose of this report. The cost of injuries was estimated using an in-house methodology combining both injury data (namely length of the injury) and players’ salaries. Players salaries were derived from SportingIntelligence Global Sports Salaries Survey 2017.

Download the full report.

For more information, contact Duncan Fraser, Head of Sport, Media & Entertainment on +44 20 7528 4885 or email duncan_fraser@jltgroup.com