Who are the most durable Premier Leaguers?
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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.