Man Utd paid more in wages to injured players last season
| Updated Aug 02, 2018 at 1:32pm
Premier League clubs paid out £217m in wages to injured players in the 2017-18 season, with Manchester United's £23.3m the highest by a single club.
The cost increased by 21% from £176.6m in 2016-17, despite the total number of injuries falling from 735 to 663.
Arsenal suffered 54 separate injuries last season - the most in the Premier League.
Hamstring injuries were most common, while knee injuries had the highest average cost of £613,402 per injury.
Illness increased by almost 600% with only nine days lost in 2016-17 but rising to 62 days last season.
Champions Manchester City suffered the second fewest number of injuries in the season - 24 along with Newcastle - while Brighton had the fewest injuries (15) of any top-flight club and also paid out the least in wages (£3.01m) to injured players.
Insurance broker JLT Specialty calculated that an injury costs a club an average of £323,000 in wages.
Duncan Fraser, head of sport at JLT, said: "It will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the World Cup has on injury rates in the upcoming season.
"History has shown that teams could expect to see more injuries following an international tournament than during a fallow year.
"If this trend continues then teams can expect to see a rise in both the amount of injuries and the costs resulting."