Damning extent of Newcastle United injury crisis revealed compared to Chelsea, Spurs and Man Utd

Jamaal Lascelles ruptured his ACL against West Ham UnitedJamaal Lascelles ruptured his ACL against West Ham United
Jamaal Lascelles ruptured his ACL against West Ham United | Getty Images
Newcastle United were stricken by an unprecedented injury crisis throughout the 2023-24 campaign

Newcastle United lost a staggering 1,950 days due to injury last season - more than any other Premier League club.

An unprecedented string of setbacks resulted in the Magpies failing to replicate last year’s Champions League heroics. At times throughout 2023-24, Newcastle arguably had a stronger line-up on the treatment table than the one Eddie Howe could field.

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Stars like Joelinton, Joe Willock, Sven Botman and Callum Wilson all saw little action compared to previous campaigns. Only Bruno Guimaraes managed to come through the season unscathed, missing one game out of 51 through suspension.

Throw in Sandro Tonali’s 10-month ban for breaching betting regulations and the cause for Newcastle’s downturn becomes clear. Howe managed to galvanise the squad towards the back end of the campaign and, should Manchester City win the FA Cup this weekend, European football will be secured.

Conference League qualification allows the Magpies to claim a successful season but the feeling of “what might have been” still grips supporters. The 1,950 days lost - which does not include suspension - was the most in the top flight.

Sheffield United, who finished rock bottom, were second with 1,761 days. Chelsea (1,745), one of the division's form teams during the run-in, sit third on the list but boast a squad bursting at its seams following large-scale investment. 

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Much was made about Manchester United’s injury woes, with Erik ten Hag also suffering a slide down the Premier League table. However, the Red Devils endured the sixth-worst injury crisis with 1,620 days lost. 

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