Ben Dinnery, an injury expert who contributes to Sky Sports, claims that teams like West Ham United may soon experience a “big surge” in fitness issues.
Moyes’ injury woes, in brief!
With summer recruit Nayef Aguerd still unable to play for the east Londoners due to injury, the Irons and manager David Moyes have dealt with their fair share of fitness concerns.
In the run-up to this winter’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Premier League teams are also having to deal with a constantly packed schedule of games, which might make the anxieties much worse.
Dinnery, who also runs the website Premier Injuries, has since disclosed his possibly unsettling conclusion.
The injury specialist told that player issues are “starting to build up,” and that West Ham may have a “big jump” in issues because of their forthcoming Europa Conference League obligations, which will regularly require them to play two or even three games in a row.
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“It’s very understandable,” he said, “playing three matches in a week with a rather fast turnaround on top of that.
“When we examine the statistics for injury incidence, we often observe a significant increase in incidence around weeks three, four, and five. Over the previous four or five seasons, that has been the case.
“In the last few days, we have seen players pick up a high number of hamstring incidents as players are beginning to ramp up. We also have this mid-week fixture now.
So, when returning to play after the off-season, there will always be a period of transition.
“One game per week is manageable, but when you add another game, it throws your pre- and post-match recovery strategies completely off-kilter.”
West Ham appears to be among the more vulnerable sides given their European commitments and relatively limited squad size, but clubs up and down the English top division will undoubtedly have more injuries and issues as a result of the hectic schedule leading up to the Qatar tournament.
During a pivotal season at the London Stadium, Moyes and his coaching staff will be attempting to limit the harm as much as they can.