Several managers in the Premier League have expressed their dissatisfaction on New Year's Day about the busy schedule around the holidays. On Wednesday, no fewer than twelve players sustained injuries in nine games.
Harry Kane was the best-known victim. The Tottenham Hotspur striker suffered a hamstring injury against Southampton (1-0 defeat), just like four other players. It was Kane's fourth game in eleven days.
"Harry plays with us every minute. I think we've lost him for a while now," said Spurs manager José Mourinho, who previously called the busy Premier League game schedule "a crime."
Other trainers, including Josep Guardiola, expressed their dissatisfaction with the many competitions around the festive season.
Premier League injuries on New Year's Day
- Harry Kane (Tottenham): hamstring
- Tanguy Ndombélé (Tottenham): muscle injury
- Jetro Willems (Newcastle): lies
- Javier Manquillo (Newcastle): hamstring
- Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle): hamstring
- Fabian Schär (Newcastle) hamstring
- DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle): broken hand
- Tom Heaton (Aston Villa): knee
- Wesley (Aston Villa): knee
- Kiko Femenia (Wolverhamtpon): hamstring
- Bernard (Everton): knee
- Dan Burn (Brighton): broken shoulder
Five players Newcastle are injured
Newcastle United lost four players in the game against Leicester City (0-3 loss) with an injury, including Jetro Willems. Because coach Steve Bruce had already changed three times, his team was forced to play ten men in the last forty minutes. To make matters worse, DeAndre Yedlin sustained a broken hand, but he was able to play the match.
"I've been active in football for forty years, but I've never seen anything like it before," Bruce told Sky Sports about the injury wave. "We lost four players in twenty minutes."
According to the trainer, the cause must be found in the busy schedule. "You get injuries because you are forced to line up tired players. That's no excuse, that's a fact."
"I was worried about that before the game. It's ridiculous that we have to play four games in ten days, as I said a month ago. Now we see the consequences."
Newcastle United defender Fabian Schär is being treated for his hamstring injury. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Premier League gets a short winter break in February
The Premier League has a winter break for the first time in history this season, but it will not take place until February. Ten clubs do not have to play on the weekend of 8 and 9 February, the ten other clubs are free one weekend later.
On Thursday, league-leader Liverpool plays against Sheffield United. There are no duels scheduled for this weekend in England.
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