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Who are the most durable Premier Leaguers?

Friday 18th October 2019
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder which probably explains why these five players receive so little love for their durability.
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder which probably explains why these five players receive so little love for their durability.

Forget racism and limited playing time, the scariest part of playing topflight football is injury. We’ve seen immensely talented players retire in their twenties due to incessant knocks. A sensational player like Marco van Basten comes to mind. More recently, Ryan Mason's early retirement caused a stir.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain continues to pay through their nose to keep Neymar while the Brazilian lies incapacitated on the treatment table. Again. In 2019 alone, the Parisians have shelled out £16.8 million to their bedridden superstar.

Premier League clubs have spent more on injured players. A detailed report compiled by JLT Risk and Insurance Services showed how clubs in the English top tier lavished a staggering £221 million on injured players in 2018/19. The report revealed there were 764 injuries recorded last season. Every club had to accept their unfair share.

Some footballers are more injury-prone than others. While everyone makes a fuss over fragile stars like Neymar and Gareth Bale, they seem to take their more durable squad members for granted.

Despite the Premier League's ferocity, a handful of players still manage to remain healthy year-in-year-out. Who are these stars? Here are five.

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Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.


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