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Settling the score! PhysioRoom.com presents its top injury facts from the Prem season.

A recap...

The 2011 / 12 EPL season was perhaps the most exciting since its inception 20 years ago, with 566 goals in 200 matches and fans celebrating on average every 2.83 times each game. Never before have league title challenges, European places and relegation spots been decided on the final match of the final weekend of the season. The Blue of City piped the Red of United in a finish which wouldn't seem out of place in a Hollywood Blockbuster to present Mancini and his men with the club's first Championship medal in 44 years built upon a solid home record of 55 from a possible 57 points.

For only the second time in Premier League history all three promoted sides survive in the top flight with Grant Holt (Norwich City) scoring 15 goals (the most for a newly-promoted side since Andy Johnson), Swansea recording the second-highest pass completion rate (85.7%) with QPR receiving nine red cards in the Premier League this season, the joint-most by a team in a single Premier League campaign (with Sunderland 2009/10).

Bolton Wanderers failed to win away at Stoke which meant they join Wolves and Blackburn in next season's Championship with Manager of the Year Alan Pardew guiding the Magpies to a Europa Cup spot.

Points of interest

Kieron Dyer - injured minutes into his debut for QPR and ruled out for the season.

Relegated

  • 18th Bolton
  • 19th Blackburn
  • 20th Wolves

Promoted from npower Championship

  • Reading
  • Southampton
  • West Ham

Crunch time. How injuries affected the season.

£139,319,362.12

The grand total spent on injured players.

1681

Manchester United had the most days of injuries this season.

UNSUPRISINGLY

Hamstring injuries are still the most common muscular injury at 46.5%.

101

A little over 100 joint injuries were sustained this season!

Feeling peaky?

Seven players took time out because of illness.

Head to Head

Manchester United had more average days of injury at 45 compared to their City rivals who had 24.

18.9%

Around 19% of all muscular injuries invloved damage to the calf.

186

Interestingly, the season's winners Manchester City had the least days per injured club.

That's gota hurt! These boys were out of action for the longest this season...

195

Vince Grella

230

Marcos Angeleri

246

Tom Huddlestone

261

Ferrie Bodde

267

Chung-Yong Lee

274

Kieron Dyer

Man down! Discover which club lost the most days to injury.

  • Manchester United 1681
  • Tottenham Hotspurs 1450
  • Arsenal 1343
  • Newcastle 1258
  • Fulham 1245
  • Queens Park Rangers 1105
  • Bolton 1054
  • Norwich 968
  • Sunderland 956
  • West Bromwich Albion 868
  • Aston Villa 806
  • Blackburn Rovers 801
  • Liverpool 794
  • Swansea 759
  • Everton 716
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers 690
  • Stoke City 557
  • Wigan Athletic 474
  • Chelsea 356
  • Manchester City 186

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That's too bad! Take a look which fans had the most cause to complain this season.

Man City

7

Wigan

11

Swansea

12

Chelsea

13

Stoke

14

Norwich

14

Bolton

15

Liverpool

15

Wolves

18

QPR

19

Blackburn

20

Aston Villa

21

Everton

21

Sunderland

22

West Brom

24

Newcastle

27

Arsenal

28

Fulham

33

Tottenham

36

Man United

39

Some key injuries of the 2011 / 12 EPL...

Losing captain Vidic to an ACL injury back in December after only six EPL appearances (which included four clean sheets) may have been a key moment in the Reds' season as United uncharacteristically conceded three goals firstly at home to Blackburn Rovers and only days later away to Newcastle from direct passages of play in which the big Serbian centre half could always be relied to take charge.


An ever changing back four for Man United contributed to some very tight and often nervy affairs - Phil Jones suffered his fair share of knocks and minor injuries (facial, ankle, illness) while Chris Smalling endured a terrible 2012 (head, knock, tonsillitis) culminating in a groin injury which will rule him out of this year's Euro 2012 Championship. Factor in the losses of Lindegaard (ankle), Ferdinand (back, groin and ankle problems), Evans (ankle and calf) and second best defensive record looks somewhat amazing.


Statistically, City outshone their Manchester rivals in every single department. They were fortunate enough to have the support and expertise of some the best background staff available ensuring the club were by far the most healthy bunch on the block only losing a total of 186 days to injury compared to United who had almost 10 times that. The data we have indicates that over the course of the season City only lost 122 days to muscular injuries compared with 490 at United with the latter losing players for almost twice as long on average (45 days vs 24 days) - amazing when you consider the rigours of the EPL, Domestic and European Cup duty and international commitments, emphasising the strength and depth of their squad.


Hopes were high for Redknapp and his Tottenham side as a third place finish seemed assured in mid-February as they held a 10 point lead over their north London rivals Arsenal but a mounting injury list finally put pay to what would've been a fantastic season.


Spurs suffered 24 separate injuries from this point including the loss of Dawson (Achilles), Lennon (hamstring) and persistent problems with Adebayor (hamstring) and Saha (groin) coupled with the long term absence of Huddlestone (ankle).


Bolton were always going to find top flight survival difficult but an already mammoth task was made even more difficult as the Trotters lost key midfielder Chung-Yong Lee (broken leg) in August joining long term injury victim Stuart Holden (knee) on the sidelines. Add Tyrone Mears (broken leg and knee injury) who was only able to make one start, Riccardo Gardner (thigh) out since November, Marcus Alonso (foot and metatarsal fracture) four starts and you begin to see how and why the wheels came firmly off the Trotters bus.


Perhaps the most shocking and miraculous pitch injury (March 12) concerned Fabrice Muamba who after a cardiac arrest, where his heart stopped for 78 minutes, came back from the dead.