Football-related injuries are part of the modern game. Every professional soccer player will have, at one point or the other suffer an injury no matter the level of severity.
Despite this fact, there are, however, a few footballers who always seem to get sidelined through injuries. Through no fault of theirs, these individuals always seem to get the rough end of the stick, barely featuring for their respective teams due to one injury or the other. Today we spotlight some of these seemingly jinxed individuals.
Here are the top injury-prone football players in 2022.
1. Ousmane Dembele
To say the French man has had a torrid time at FC Barcelona since his transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 is putting it mildly. The winger has had to endure one injury or the other since his move to Camp Nou.
Dembele has so far suffered 12 injuries, mostly hamstring-related, which have tended to keep him out for months on end. This, in turn, has seriously affected his performances with Barcelona, where he has been severely criticized for his poor showings. His terrible injury record has also generated speculation of when he will be sold.
2. Eden Hazard
The former Chelsea talisman hasn’t had the best of it since his well-publicized move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2019. A combination of ankle and hamstring injuries have reduced the Belgians game time at the Bernabeu with just 55 appearances so far across 3 seasons. In the 2021/22 season, Hazard has had to deal with a lot of muscular problems.
3. Marco Reus
The poster boy for injury-prone players, the talented German international, has had to endure a career blighted by frequent injuries. The Dortmund star has suffered a whopping 43 injuries during his playing career. He is one of the top footballers who suffered ACL injuries. The past few seasons have been especially tasking, with him suffering 9 in total. His is a story of what might have been if only he could have stayed fit for most of his career.
4. Sergi Roberto
Sergi Roberto is known to be one of the most underrated utility football players. However, he has recently become one of the most injury-prone players in 2022. The Spanish midfielder suffered five separate Injuries in the 2021/22 season.
The 30-year-old missed most of the games Barcelona played that season, and lost his spot on the team as a result.
5. Aaron Ramsey
Another player who always seemed to get the rough end of the stick regarding injuries. The former Arsenal man suffered quite a few injuries, while with the Gunners. His move to Italy didn’t really change much as he has still dealt with the odd injury here and there. Aaron Ramsey moved to Rangers last season.
6. Thiago Alcantara
The Spaniard has had a lot of injury spells since he joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich. Thiago suffered a knee injury that kept him sidelined for almost three months in the 2020/21 season. Furthermore, the suffered a calf injury that kept him out for 43 days in the 2021/22 season. He suffered three more injuries in the 2021/22 season, including coronavirus.
7. Dani Carvajal
The talented right-back is definitely one of the most injury-prone players in football at the moment. Carvajal missed a huge part of the 2020/21 season due to muscle and hamstring problems. In the 2021/22 campaign, the Real Madrid man had calf problems, which has kept him out for 32 days.