Special report: Could clubs be forced to reassess the balance between chasing success and protecting their players due to new financial realities?

23 July 2020

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Photo: PA Images Tottenham forward Harry Kane attempts a shot during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton on Wednesday 1st January 2020. Kane was injured in that match and the incident is one of many over recent months which have highlighted the growing concerns around player welfare in England and elsewhere.

Teams may have to start making some tough decisions when it comes to player selection and recruitment, say sports science and strategy experts who work with clubs across the English game.

Concerns over player burnout are growing as elite players across Europe face a hectic schedule over the next two years.

The cost of losing players to injury is set to place greater pressure on many clubs amid the tighter finances caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Sports science and strategy experts says that clubs can help tackle the problem by becoming smarter and having greater alignment between owners, directors of football and head coaches.

This is the second in a series of special reports from offthepitch.com on the issues surrounding player injuries across European football. The first piece was published on June 11. 

Jonathan Dyson dyson@offthepitch.com

With 15 minutes to go during this season’s Premier League game between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day, Tottenham striker Harry Kane latched on to a free kick from Christian Eriksen, poked the ball home from just inside the six-yard box, only to see the goal ruled out for offside.

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