Every team has one, the player whose career had so much promise until it stuttered and stalled due to host of injury problems. Instead of etching themselves in the club’s history with man of the match displays, these frustrating stars end up becoming more familiar with the club physio than the man on the terrace.
Infuriatingly unreliable but packed with potential if only they could stay fit, these players offer brief moments of genius that encourage fans to believe they will prove their greatness, but after a handful of impressive showings they end up back on the treatment table collecting their bumper wage packets.
Whether it’s bad luck in the tackle or enduring countless fitness battles that can never be won, there are a number of talented stars that have had their ambitions curbed by an inability to complete 90 minutes on a regular basis. During the Premier League era certain players have made a name for themselves as the ‘sick note’ of their respective sides or been deprived of prestigious careers due to unforeseen heartbreak as their battle to return to fitness is as ill fated as their playing days.
With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at the Premier League’s Greatest Injury Prone XI.