Premier League Injury Prone XI

At least he scores when he does play

In response to Stoke City’s gamble on Jonathan Woodgate and QPR’s move for £406,000-a-game man Kieron Dyer, here’s our Premier League Injury Prone XI. Not a bad side!

CHRIS

KIRKLAND

 

FABIO

AURELIO

JONATHAN

WOODGATE

LEDLEY

KING

KIERAN

GIBBS

 

TOMAS

ROSICKY

OWEN

HARGREAVES

KIERON

DYER

 

ROBIN

VAN PERSIE

MICHAEL

OWEN

LOUIS

SAHA

 Chris Kirkland

Was regarded as one of England’s most promising goalkeepers but recurring back problems have limited his first team action. Has recorded 198 league games in 13 years.

Fabio Aurelio
The full-back cum winger has played for top clubs in Brasil, Spain and England but suffered a broken leg at Valencia and had several Achilles injuries at Liverpool. 235 league games since 1997.

Jonathan Woodgate
Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough, Spurs and now Stoke. Has cost teams a fortune over the years but injury setback after injury setback has limited this promising centre half to 236 league appearances in 13 years.

Ledley King
Another defender who surely would have won more England caps had he been able to remain injury free. Plagued by knee problems and unable to train regularly like the great Paul McGrath. Despite being Spurs’ longest serving player, has played just 247 times in the league since 1998.

Kieran Gibbs
Highly promising left back for Arsenal and England. The Gunners need not worry about losing Gael Clichy, provided Gibbs can avoid breaking his foot every season.

Tomas Rosicky
‘The Little Mozart’ could have been the one pulling the strings for Arsenal. Had an assured start to his Arsenal career after taking over Robert Pires’ No.7 shirt but has not been the same since missing the 08-09 season with a hamstring tendon injury.

Owen Hargreaves
A Champions League winner with Bayern Munchen but suffered several muscle injuries at the German club. Earned praise in an England shirt but has barely featured for Manchester United as a result of tendon and knee injuries. Restricted to 172 league games in 11 seasons.

Kieron Dyer
Another player who could have forged a promising England career, capable of playing on either wing or in central midfield. Suffered a horrific leg break along with several hamstring and knee injuries, Dyer reportedly cost West Ham £406,000 per game.

Robin van Persie
Has a remarkable scoring record for Feyenoord, Arsenal and Holland, operating as a left winger, support striker or target man. If he could stay fit for a whole season, Arsenal would easily outscore their rivals to Premiership glory.

Michael Owen
If you play him, he’ll score. Not that Fabio Capello or Sir Alex Ferguson seem to care. Knee problems and recurring hamstring injuries mean Owen was limited to just 71 league appearances during his four seasons at Newcastle. Seems expensive.

Louis Saha
Injuries hampered his playing time at Manchester United but at least he had the decency to sign a pay-as-you-play deal with Everton. A shame for the Toffees that he can’t seem to put a regular run of games together.

Hargreaves has played 27 league games in his four seasons at United