Injuries are one of the most terrible things that can happen to any athlete. They break momentum, cause a loss in confidence and in some severe cases even end careers.
The Premier League has seen a fair share of injury prone players and these players have lost a lot of time out injured and have gone on to achieve only half their potential. With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne out Injured along with Eden Hazard also not featuring for over a week, it needs to be noted that we will only be mentioning players who have been consistently ruled out for long periods of time with a certain consistency. In no particular order, here are our top 5 injury prone players.
5. Jack Wilshere
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) October 31, 2018
The England International broke through the scene as a teenager in 2008 and was considered to be one of the most promising talents for both England and Arsenal. Since those early days, every time Wilshere has shown any type of progress he’s been pulled down by a string of injuries. Wilshere seems to have injured almost every part of his body since he turned professional in 2008, ankle, knee, foot, hamstring to name a few.
After warming the bench at Arsenal for a few Seasons and even an injury-hit loan move to Bournemouth, Wilshere was sold to West Ham this Summer. New Arsenal Coach, Unai Emery told Wilshere that he isn’t part of his plans and it was the Hammers that came calling for the 26-Year-old. Wilshere is still Young and can probably revive his career at West Ham.
4. Daniel Sturridge
84mins: Scores a stunner. Gets injured in the process.
87mins: Substituted with injury. https://t.co/xv9vZnUKZ8
— Top Bet (@_TopBet_) November 3, 2018
Daniel Sturridge is easily one of the Most talented Strikers in England. Sturridge has been a hippie of sorts, moving from one top Club to another, he’s played for the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Now Liverpool. Sturridge was a third-choice striker at Chelsea and forced a move to Liverpool in 2013, Sturridge immediately linked up with Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard in Liverpool’s 2013/14 Premier League campaign, which saw the Reds come agonizingly close to winning the title. Sturridge along with Suarez was Liverpool’s main Goal threat that Season and a lot was expected from Sturridge after Suarez departed the following Summer.
In his senior career, Sturridge has missed 120 games injured out of which 99 games were in Liverpool red. Hamstring, hip and knee injuries comprise a bulk of the list and after a few positive performances this Season, Liverpool fans will be hoping to see Sturridge back in action.
3. Danny Welbeck
Wenger on Welbeck:
"This guy has gone through injuries which would have questioned all of us,we are all very pleased for him because we know what he has gone through and how he recovered. If somebody deserves it in our squad it’s Welbeck, and we are all very happy for him." pic.twitter.com/5DBfgTIuP2
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) April 8, 2018
Wenger made this statement in April 2018 and we couldn’t agree with him more. Welbeck was a product of Manchester United’s Youth Academy and the Englishman was a prodigy of sorts. Welbeck quickly rose through the ranks and made a significant impact in the few opportunities he was given. United lost the striker to Arsenal in 2014 and it was considered a transfer coupon on Wenger’s part as the Gunners craved a goalscorer. Instead, they got an injury prone forward who would end up becoming their third choice striker at the age of 27.
Welbeck has spent 103 games in his senior career nursing an injury out of which 82 games were for the Gunners. It’s almost disheartening to see this much potential getting wasted. It’s a shame. Let’s hope Welbeck can find his feet literally and metaphorically.
2. Andy Carroll
— Soccerfric (@soccerfric) October 27, 2018
Andy Carroll was this flamboyant, effective and clinical striker when he broke on the scene for Newcastle United and the Englishman was soon linked to a string of Big Clubs. It was Liverpool who signed Carrol on the Winter Transfer window’s Deadline day for a massive 35 Million pounds, a record fee for a Liverpool player at the time. It’s safe to say that Carrol was an immense disappointment scoring just 6 goals in over 40 appearances for the Reds and finalizing a 15 Million pound move to West Ham in 2013.
Carrol seemed to have lost his goalscoring touch and Sam Allardyce admitted that the striker didn’t look after himself and “liked a night out”. Those night outs have cost the striker 171 Games out injured and it’s sad to see so much talent go to waste.
1. Vincent Kompany
Kompany is the first played subbed twice due to injury before the 10th minute in all Champions League history! pic.twitter.com/gLmE2p9rCW
— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) May 4, 2016
The Man City captain holds this bizarre record that he won’t be proud of. Kompany had the potential of becoming the best centre-back in the World and if it wasn’t for his Injury problems that could’ve been a realistic possibility. He has the build, the skill, the leadership, and the grit to be the best but he doesn’t have the physicality. The Centre-Back has gone on to miss 142 games with an injury out of which 129 games were in a Manchester City Jersey. The most disappointing thing is that after a great World Cup, Kompany is out with an injury again.