The Premier League’s Top 5 Missed Injured Players

This week in the blog, we cast our eye over the five injuries that are currently having or will potentially have, the biggest impact on their respective clubs

Whether it’s a dead-leg that keeps you out of training for a few days, or a knee ligament injury that will keep you out for months, injuries can derail and destabilise a season without a moment’s notice. Here’s five injuries that have already, and will continue to have a significant impact on this Premier League season.


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İlkay Gündoğan

Perhaps the most tragic aspect of the German midfielder’s knee injury was that it didn’t come as a surprise. The former Dortmund man, when fit, is undoubtedly one of the finest midfielders in world football.

We got to see a brief demonstration of that fact early this season when Gundogan managed to string a number of games together in what coincided with City’s most impressive spell. His dynamism, although only in effect for a short period, has been sorely absent since he fell to the turf in City’s 2-0 victory over Watford in December.

With Pep Guardiola’s other options in midfield including the likes of Fernandinho who can’t seem to stay on the pitch for five minutes, and Yaya Toure who gets far too upset over confectionary, and may start eating some when he inevitably loses interest, it’s looking like Gundogan could be a huge miss. City will be without the 26-year-old’s bustling energy and bursting runs from deep for the rest of the season, with seemingly no end in sight to his long-term injury problems.


Yannick Bolasie

When Ronald Koeman took over at Everton, one of the first things on his to-do-list was ‘pace on the wing’ and in Yannick Bolasie it duly arrived. A fee thought to be around £25million may have looked steep for the DR Congo international but it was more than worth it for the Dutchman who envisaged the 27-year old fulfilling a similar role to that of Sadio Mane in his Southampton side.

A bright start for the former Crystal Palace player saw his impact on the Toffees heralded as Koeman’s side flew out of the blocks. Such was his smooth transition in to the side that he and Romelu Lukaku struck up an immediate partnership. With one of the foundations being speaking the lesser-known African language Lingala which originates from the DR Congo.

But their dreams of being the Premier League’s hottest new bromance were dashed when in early December Bolasie suffered a severe ACL injury against Manchester United. Everton haven’t looked quite the same going forward since then and they will be without the winger until potentially next year.


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Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela has suffered a somewhat strange time in English football. Perceptions of the Argentinian winger haven’t particularly shifted despite a much-improved season last term and a hefty increase to his playing time and importance to the team.

While potentially underappreciated by some, the 24-year-old is a vital component in Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing game, often being the one to initiate and lead the press, an exhausting and often thankless task. Lamela has been an outlier in a generally fit squad since he picked up a hip injury in late October.

This one is more of a, already missed him, as Lamela looks set to return in the coming weeks. However there is some doubt and mystery surrounding his injury as it was initially described as ‘minor’. His rehab has also involved, peculiarly, returning to his former club Roma for treatment. Regardless, Spurs will be hoping to have him back sooner rather than later.


Santi Cazorla

Arsene Wenger has struggled to find a lasting midfield partnership this season with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin and new big money signing Granit Xhaka failing to carve out any real, feasible duo moving forwards.

That’s why Arsenal miss Santi Cazorla so much, as while the Spanish midfielder may have played the majority of his career as a more advanced attacking midfielder, his transition to a deeper role has been one of Wenger’s more notable strokes of genius in recent years.

Cazorla’s composure, intelligence and technique have proved transferable skills and before his injury in October in the 6-0 Champions League victory over Ludogorets, the diminutive midfielder was looking set to put behind him the previous season in which he missed seven months with knee trouble. Now it looks as though he will be out until mid-march after having surgery in early December, by which time, Arsenal’s rivals could be out of sight.


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Lee Cattermole

If there’s one thing you need in a relegation battle, it’s a Lee Cattermole. Fight, commitment, energy, heart and high-waisted shorts. These may all be things the football hipster may turn his nose up at, but for David Moyes and Sunderland, Cattermole’s hustle, bustle, rough and tumble may have had a huge impact over the last few months.

The 28-year-old has been missing with a hip injury since September and underwent surgery to correct the problem in November, which was expected to keep him out for four months.

With a March return likely for both him and German Jan Kirchhoff, it looks as though the Black Cats will be without a significant portion of their midfield bite for a large stretch of the run-in. So fine are the margins with which relegation battles are decided, injuries to the likes of Cattermole could prove fatal.


Author: Chris Coates

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