Man Utd hit by alarming £105m injury losses as Arsenal suffer £80m blow

It’s one of those topics in football that doesn’t get discussed much, but is a very evident problem – how much have clubs paid to players who are out injured?

Well, of course the crocked stars get paid the full amount of their already staggeringly high wages, meaning some absolute mega-bucks have been shelled out.

Just in the last five years, nine top flight clubs have had to pay more than £50m in wages to players who have been out injured.

Bonusfinder have crunched the numbers to determine how much each Premier League club has spent on injured players wages since the 2016/17 season.

Manchester United top the list, having lost more than £100m in wages over the last five seasons.

The Red Devils have been hit by a whopping 6378 days of players being injured in that time, meaning 1,105 games have been missed.

Arsenal are in second at just under £80m, though the Gunners have suffered more injuries and had more games missed than anyone else in the league at 6577 and 1122 respectively.

Impending champions Manchester City are in third, with £73m being shelled out to players who can’t do their jobs.

The Sky Blues have had considerably less injuries and games missed than most of their rivals, but their higher wage bill doesn’t reflect kindly here.

Liverpool round off the top four, losing £72m on 5960 days injured and 983 missed games – it’s no secret that injuries have wreaked havoc on their current season.

West Ham and Crystal Palace are next up with £63m and £60m lost respectively, while Tottenham have missed out on £55m due to 5170 days of having players out injured.

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  • Chelsea sit just below them on £53m, and are lucky to have had just 3839 days of playing injured players, not far off half of Arsenal’s tally.

    If you were wondering, Paul Pogba is the man who has cost his team the most, with the Frenchman picking up just shy of £17m while out injured.

    Kevin de Bruyne and Andy Carroll round off the top three at £11.5m, with the Belgian’s high wages the issue, while Carroll’s is more the sheer time he’s spent sidelined.

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