Newcastle Have Worst Injury Record In Premier League – But Rafa’s Making Huge Changes

At the moment Newcastle are in 13th place in the Injury Table for the Premier League.

Usually, over at least the last 10 years, we have been top of the league and usually have a massive number of injuries during each season.

But since Rafa arrived and made some immediate changes last year the number of injuries have dropped dramatically.

The four injured players out at the moment are Christian Atsu, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Mikel Merino.

Paul is now back in training and the other three injuries are not long term.

Rafa Benitez – brought down the number of injuries significantly

One of the major improvements Rafa made was to install 4G technology for the artificial pitches replacing the very old and outdated 3G technology and that seems to have made a big difference.

But there is a report out on the website Sick Notes, which is getting some publicity and has Newcastle as the most injury prone Premier League club over the last three seasons.

They say Newcastle are the unluckiest club in the Premier League as far as picking up injuries.

We are top of their league with the most days missed with injuries with 5172 and 1367 individual injuries.

Everton are second with 4,283 days missed and 132 injuries.

But the results include players like Curtis Good and Steven Taylor who are very injury prone and Steven has now left us.

West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez pips Curtis Good in having missed the most days of any player in the last three Premier League seasons.

He has  549 days, but he suffered a terrible anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage, foot, groin and ankle injuries.

Sick Notes brings money into the equation and say Jay’s injuries have cost £2,820,479.

But as far as Newcastle are concerned we seem to have fixed that problem – another Rafa Benitez achievement which has been given very little publicity.

Another way in which Rafa is transforming the club.

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Comments welcome.

Note – Sick Notes has kindly informed me they used the last two seasons Newcastle were in the Premier league for the report – in case you were wondering about that.

10 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost from previous

    My phone’s a windows 10 one and I can’t get Adblock onto it so to answer your question, I don’t know whether you’ll be bothered by it.
    It appeared on the previous Torres thread only, popping up just after Google popped up for no apparent reason. Anyway, I switched off and rebooted and touching wood……….

  • martoon

    Nov 16, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    For anybody interested Markaccus is still reading the blog but not had much time to comment – no doubt he will return sometime with a stinging reply for someone 😀

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 16, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    A posted a quote from sky sports news. There seemed to be a few stories going around that he would have to pay 6M to leave. If you honestly believe that he’d sign a deal that bound him to the club no matter what happened, well what can I say.

  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    The injury numbers are horrendous but let’s not forget that the two Prem seasons were subject to players being brought back too soon, wanting away, disillusion and a possibly the training pitch surfaces.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 16, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5


    Just because you think or believe Rafa would have walked if lied to isn’t proof, I believe he stayed because as you say he’s a honourable man so he stayed because of the players he’d just signed and the fans.

    It was obvious to a blind man on a galloping horse Rafa wasn’t happy, then you have his answer to that question that JFA mentioned.

    So you have no reason to say Rafa wasn’t lied to except it’s your opinion, Rafa said Ashley didn’t keep his promises, is that not lying?
    Do you know if Ashley has met Rafa and explained why he didn’t fulfil his promise, from what I’ve read he didn’t bother.

    There’s more chance Rafa stayed as not to walkout on his new signings than he stayed because Ashley didn’t lie!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 16, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m just looking at the odds for Everton’s next manager, and everybody is talking about Silva and Dyche because they’ve got off to good starts. But if you actually look at the league Chris Hughton has got his Brighton team above Watford (and I’d wager they’ll catch Burnley once they start their freefall) but he’s not getting anywhere near enough praise. His team are worth a lot less than Watford’s too. Seems if you can get in the top 4 after a couple of games, people go nuts and forget about all the results that follow or the results that preceded the 4 or 5 game good run. Having said that I do think Silva has what it takes.

  • Geordie-john

    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Have we still got Owen ( Sick Note ) on the books ? It’s about time that the take over was completed so we can move on from the Ashley doom & gloom era. Sign some good talent before it all gets snapped up.

  • martoon

    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    The next Mike Williamson @6 – Traditionally promoted teams and some of the smaller teams quite often have a good start to the season. As the season goes on Winter pitches, Injuries & Suspensions tend to take their toll on their smaller squads and they start to slide down the table. Unfortunately we could be one of these teams if we don’t strengthen in the January window!

  • toonincheek

    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9


    I’m sure Rafa would not have signed a contract that bound him
    to a ‘penalty’ for leaving “no matter what” but it’s normal for
    there to be some ‘penalty’ for unjustified breach of contract.

  • martoon

    Nov 16, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #10

    toonincheek @9 Even if there was I’m pretty sure he could have afforded it if he had really wanted to leave. Also I’m pretty sure his lawyers could have built a good case for Constructive Dismissal but thank goodness it never came to that!


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