Injury is an inevitable element of the game, and it may have a significant influence on any team or player. When a player is injured, whatever settings and plans the management has in place are thrown off.
The manager becomes concerned, as this could cause problems for the team for weeks or months, especially if the team is contending for qualifications or on the verge of winning a trophy, and the player is a vital member of the squad.
Injuries can also have significant consequences for the player; in extreme situations, a single injury might leave a player permanently disabled or cause him to retire.
However, some players are prone to injuries by nature, and once hurt, they tend to spend more time out of football action, putting their spot in the squad in jeopardy.
Let’s take a look at 3 injury-prone players.
He is one of the most injury-prone players in football history. Wilshere progressed through Arsenal’s Youth Academy and was impressive from the start. At the age of 16, 256 days, he made his first-team debut in 2008, becoming Arsenal’s youngest league debutant.
● A pretty good career
Wilshere has won several trophies, including the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, the PFA Team of the Year Award in 2010–11, and the Arsenal Player of the Season Award, which was decided by fans during his first entire season with Arsenal in 2010–11.
Wilshere is an English international who has played at his country’s under-16, under-17, under-19, and under-21 levels.
At 18 years and 222 days, he made his senior squad debut against Hungary, becoming England’s 12th youngest debutant ever.
Wilshere, 27, was initially tipped to be the next Arthur Pendragon of English football, but a string of injuries derailed his plans.
He received raves as a teenager for Arsenal after an outstanding performance against Barcelona in the Champions League.
However, he fell short of his full potential due to a series of knee and ankle ailments that hampered his development and diminished his physical abilities, as well as his departure from Arsenal.
As good as he is, his injuries have made him one of the most injury-prone footballers ever, causing him more suffering and ensuring that we will never see him play at his peak.
Hazard only had 10 injuries during his seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge, during which the Belgian lit up the Premier League with his dazzling displays.
● Story of Eden Hazard
None of them was serious, and just one of them — a hip injury sustained in the midst of the 2015-16 season – forced him to miss more than three games in a row.
However, the Belgium international sustained two significant ankle injuries in his first season in Madrid, forcing him to miss the majority of his first season in Spain.
Hazard has already missed more games for Real Madrid due to injury/illness than he did in seven seasons in England, indicating how concerning his injury record is.
While Hazard’s dismal injury record since joining Real Madrid has no doubt concerning his new team, his fitness difficulties might also be a major issue for his country.
Hazard, regardless of how many more games he may miss in the coming days, has a reputation that precedes him thanks to his superb performances over the last decade.
However, there is no guarantee beyond that. Hazard may not be able to stay at the top of his game – or at a major football club – for much longer if his injury record continues to be as bad as it is.
Dembele has had a rough go of it in recent years when it comes to injuries. But how long has he been out of the game before? And, more importantly, what does his present injury entail for him and Barcelona?
● Rising Barca star but injury-prone
In Spain, Ousmane Dembele has been plagued by injuries. Since joining Barcelona in the summer of 2017, he has sustained 13 injuries.
His hamstrings are involved in seven of the injuries. This season, he has missed 134 days due to injury.
The 20 games Dembele missed between September and January of his first season are the most he’s lost due to injury.
Dembele appeared in 30 LaLiga games last season. He had six goals and three assists.
The 24-year-old made the most appearances in a single season since joining Barca, with 42 in all competitions.
Due to a minor injury, Dembele was out for ten days at his last club, Borussia Dortmund.
In the 2016/17 season, he appeared in 49 games for Dortmund in all competitions. He made 29 appearances for Rennes the previous season. That season, the Frenchman made his professional debut in October.
● Injury percentage
Soft tissue injuries account for around 80% of football player injuries, with fractures and dislocations accounting for only 5%. The lower extremities account for about 85 percent of all football injuries. Sports injuries are usually minor, but they can significantly impact a competitor’s ability to compete.
Almost every football player has had an injury at some point throughout his career. However, some players are more prone to injury than others, i.e., Wilshere, Hazard & Dembele.