Newcastle United finish ahead of Manchester United, Everton, Aston Villa, and Arsenal in this season’s Injury League.
The Magpies added another six points to top the list, along with the remainder of the top four: Manchester United, Everton, and Aston Villa. Each have struggled to cope with a large number of injuries over the season.
Arsenal have had an incredible surge of fitness since the end of March. They only added one point to finish the season, claimed by Danny Welbeck’s inflamed knee. Having been second in the list for the majority of the year, the Gunner’s good run of fitness has allowed them to drop out of the top four to finish fifth.
Arsenal struggled early, but have drastically improved their fitness in the second half of the season. They added only 17 points since the end of March.
Leicester City is tied with Arsenal for second best fitness record over the period. The Foxes‘ similarly improved fitness may have been critical in saving their Premier League tenure.
West Bromwich Albion fared the best from April, only adding 14 points. This was primarily from losing goalkeeper Ben Foster, who sustained cartilage and ACL damage against Stoke City on 14th March.
Chelsea, the 14/15 Barclay’s Premier League title winners, have been at the bottom of the list all season. They have shown that good fitness leads to a consistent squad, having rotated a total of only 22 players until the last few matches.