Is Europe to blame for Newcastle United’s long injury list?

Posted on November 27th, 2023 | No Comments |

Sean Longstaff injured
Another one bites the dust!
Newcastle United squad have certainly had their problems with injuries recently, and suspensions too, the most notable being Sandro Tonali’s huge 10 month ban for innapropriate gambling activities. But how does it compare with other Premier League sides? and more specifically, is it because of European competition?

On the first question, even with the return of Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron, as of 26th July, the Magpies still have the joint worst injury list along with Manchester United, with both teams missing 13 players from their squads due to injuries and suspensions according to premierinjuries.com. As of 25th November they are: Sandro Tonali (Suspended), Jacob Murphy (Shoulder), Dan Burn (Back), Callum Wilson (Thigh), Elliot Anderson (Back), Sven Botman (Knee), Harvey Barnes (Ankle / Foot), Lewis Hall (Unable to face parent club), Sean Longstaff (Ankle / Foot), Emil Krafth (Illness), Joe Willock (Achilles), Javier Manquillo (Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury) and Matt Targett (Thigh).

The second question is more confusing however. Newcastle United and Manchester United have been picking up a lot of injuries with their heavy schedule of European games, along with Europa League Brighton (12 current injuries) and Europa Conference League Aston Villa (10). On the other hand though, other Premier League teams competing in Europe have remained relatively unscathed. The team in the Premier League with the least injuries currently is Europa League West Ham with only 2, Champions League Manchester City only have 4, and Champions League Arsenal and Europa League Liverpool have 5 so that’s as clear as mud!

One could say that as the biggest teams with the biggest budgets, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have the squad depth to rotate and avoid injuries, but that doesn’t account for Manchester United doing so poorly, or West Ham doing so well in keeping players on the pitch.

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