As we approach the three-quarter mark stage in the season, injuries to players are becoming more and more apparent at all scales of the Premier League spectrum. Because of the huge physical aspect of modern day football, ever-present in the Premier League, it is often difficult for a football player to keep fit for one whole season and often challenges coming in on tired legs can have a serious effect on the player physically. Fatigue comes into play with many injuries at this time of the season.

One key player out for his club recently is that of Didier Digard, for a reported three months following a poor challenge on the weekend, involving former Middlesbrough player Lee Cattermole. Digard, 22, was signed last summer transfer window for a fee of around £4 Million. Middlesbrough will miss his gritty, box to box performances greatly.

A second instance of where an injury has greatly affected a team recently is Hull’s mega money January signing, Jimmy Bullard who is reportedly out of action for in excess of 4 months. The tireless midfielder is now in his thirties, and will look to try and return in full fitness for next season to give Hull an extra dimension in their midfield.

Luis Boa Morte has also been confirmed out of action for one month, after suffering from a groin strain. The West Ham attacking minded midfielder has not been as present as he would have liked to be this season for the Hammers, however should recover before the season ends to help West Ham achieve a UEFA Cup finish.

Injuries have been knocking clubs back, whether their ambition is to qualify for the Champions League, the UEFA Cup or even just to beat the drop. One recent injury that won’t have helped the latter ambition is that of Jamaican forward Ricardo Fuller for Stoke. His injury keeps him out of contention for up to two months, and is no doubt a big blow to Stoke’s survival chances this season.

All players will be eager to return to first team action as possible, and at this stage of the season it is likel that we will see more and more injuries with fatigue setting in, and this could potentially affect the final standing of teams.


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