Injuries to football players are extremely common, and in many cases an injury has the potential to derail a team’s campaign and their chances of silverware.
But just how common are injuries in the Premier League, and which teams are affected most in terms of games missed by players because of injury?
At Cute Injury we have analysed the data for every Premier League team over the past six seasons (including the current 2017/18 season) to get an idea not only about what injuries football players suffer from, but also which teams’ players get the most.
See the full data here, and read on for a full breakdown of the injuries to Tottenham Hotspur players over the past six seasons.
TOTAL NUMBER OF INJURIES PER SEASON
Spurs have averaged 15.5 injuries per season since the start of the 2012/13 season. The 2013/14 season was by far the worst, with 23 different injuries affecting the playing squad. Interestingly, the 2014/15 season was current manager Mauricio Pochettino’s first season in charge – which has so far led to a significant reduction in injuries.
In comparison to every other team that has been in the Premier League over the past six seasons, Spurs are seventh in terms of the total number of injuries per season – behind Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, West Ham and Everton.
TOTAL NUMBER OF GAMES MISSED PER SEASON
To judge the extent of Tottenham’s injury record, we also looked at how many games were missed by players due to injury over the past six seasons.
On average, Spurs players missed 87 accumulative games each season because of injury – which means each injury resulted in an average of 5.7 games missed.
Other than Poch’s first season in charge, the severity of injuries to Spurs players is pretty consistent each season.
When compared with the other ever-present Premier League teams, Spurs again come eighth in terms of the amount of games missed due to injury – behind Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, West Ham, Man Utd, Man City and Southampton.
INJURIES BY POSITION
Now let’s take a look at how Tottenham’s injuries are spread across the playing squad.
Injuries to the Spurs playing squad are quite evenly spread out, with midfielders (38%) suffering slightly more than defenders (35%).
Goalkeepers only account for 5% of all the injuries to Spurs players.
INJURY TYPE BY POSITION
Now let’s drill down into what type of injuries affected Spurs players, and see what patterns exist in terms of what injuries affect each position.
Knee injuries are the most common for Tottenham defenders, accounting for 30% of all injuries suffered by defenders in the past six seasons. These are closely followed by ankle injuries (26%) and hamstring injuries (22%).
Spurs midfielders seem to have a big problem with ankle injuries, which account for nearly half of all their injuries. In the past six seasons the likes of Étienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembélé, Ryan Mason and Harry Winks have all lost significant playing time due to an ankle injury.
Ankle injuries are also the most common for Spurs’ forwards (35%), followed by hamstring injuries (18%) and then knee, back and foot injuries (all 12%)
WHEN DO INJURIES HAPPEN?
To get a further insight into Tottenham’s injury record over the past six seasons, we also looked at what month each injury happened.
Spurs’ injuries spike in September – as soon as the new season is well underway – and stay at a fairly consistent level from there through to the New Year.