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Football injuries ‘up 20 per cent’ in Europe’s top leagues

Injuries across Europe’s top five leagues rose by 20 per cent in the 2021/22 season, according to a study published on Wednesday, as arguments intensify…

Injuries across Europe’s top five leagues rose by 20 per cent in the 2021/22 season, according to a study published on Wednesday, as arguments intensify over football’s congested calendar ahead of the World Cup.

The study by insurance brokers Howden found clubs paid a record-high price for injuries of £513 million last season.

Injury cost was calculated by multiplying the cost per day of a player by the number of days they were unavailable because of an injury.

World players’ union FIFPRO says structures must be put in place to limit player workloads.