Following the conclusion of the 12th round of Premier League fixtures of the 2023/24 season, the league will now take a short break until the 25th of November as yet another international break is upon us. Manchester City naturally lead the way at the top so far, but Arsenal and Liverpool are just a point behind.
Meanwhile, early pace-setters Tottenham have now dropped to fourth following two successive losses. Chelsea sit 10th, while an impressive Wolves side sit 12th after many tipped them for relegation at the start of the season.
The three promoted clubs in Sheffield United, Burnley and Luton all currently occupy the relegation zone, with Bournemouth and Fulham lingering just above them. Now while yet another international break will naturally be a source of scorn and criticism from supporters up and down the country, there will also be those fans who welcome the break because of the recuperation opportunity it provides to their club’s currently injured players.
In total, 129 of the division’s players were unavailable for the last round of fixtures due to either injury, illness or suspension. Now of those 129 players absent last week, over 110 of them missed Gameweek 12 due to injury, and the hope for the league’s managers over the next week will be that some of those players can get back to full fitness over the course of the next week or so, ready for when the league resumes on the 25th November.
Here, we are going to take a look at the state of play in terms of the worst-afflicted clubs, which players have been out of action the longest and a shorter dive into why there seem to be more injuries than ever…
Note – injury data such as specific injury details and expected return dates have been sourced from the website Premier Injuries, a site founded by Ben Dinnery. The website provides an up-to-date account of injury data in the Premier League, and is well-regarded for providing accurate information on this subject matter.