Newcastle win Injury League, Leicester bottom

With the 2015/16 crown, Newcastle United have won the Injury League for the second year in a row.

Finishing on 397 points, the Magpies led Injury League runners-up Liverpool by over 100 points for the majority of the season. Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal round out the rest of the top five.

The top four struggled with consistently large numbers of long-term injuries. Each sustained weekly injury lists of over six-deep for 33, 22, 16 and 18 weeks, respectively.

Newcastle were especially injury-ridden with key players. This notably included Netherlands international goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was sidelined with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament damage for over 75% of the season.

Arsenal, who were relatively injury free for the first half of the season, went from a season-low Injury League 9th place in mid-October to finish 5th this week.

Leicester City and Swansea City fared the best in the league. Both sustained less than 3 injured players for at least 35 weeks of the season. Swansea was completely injury-free for 17 of them.

Leicester’s injury record is even more remarkable considering they only used 23 players all season.

Both of these factors surely contributed to Leicester’s incredible 15/16 campaign: winning the Barclay’s Premier League with a healthy and consistent squad.

Conversely, Newcastle’s dreadful injury record may have contributed to their ineffective play and ultimate relegation to the Championship.

Final 15/16 Injury League Table
Final 15/16 Injury League Table
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Mark J. Fine

Yank (native New Yorker, no less) and self-proclaimed Anglophile that has aspired to make tea at the BBC as a career opportunity, ever since discovering it on shortwave radio circa 1974. See what I did right there?