Special report: Clubs investing more in injury prevention as worries grow over financial cost of losing players

11 June 2020

Photo: PA Images Getafe players, in yellow, trying to stop Lionel Messi during the La Liga match against Barcelona back in February.

Analysis suggests Premier League clubs paid £166 million to injured players last season – 14 per cent of total fixed wage expenditure across the division.

Injury risks are now set to become even higher due to fixture congestion and short preparation periods as football resumes.

US startup Zone7 is seeing growing interest in its data-driven injury prevention technology across Europe.

LaLiga side Getafe have seen a 70 per cent reduction in injuries to its players since becoming an early adopter of the technology in 2018.

Jonathan Dyson dyson@offthepitch.com

When Getafe return to action in LaLiga this Friday, they will be lying in fifth place, on the same number of points as fourth-placed Real Sociedad, as they aim for a Champions League place next season.

However the season ends, this previously unfashionable Madrid-based club have experienced a remarkable rise over the last three years, since returning to the Spanish top-flight in 2017 after a one-year absence.

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