With the 2015/16 crown, Newcastle United have won the Injury League for the second year in a row.
Finishing on 397 points, the Magpies led Injury League runners-up Liverpool by over 100 points for the majority of the season. Manchester United, Everton and Arsenal round out the rest of the top five.
The top four struggled with consistently large numbers of long-term injuries. Each sustained weekly injury lists of over six-deep for 33, 22, 16 and 18 weeks, respectively.
Newcastle were especially injury-ridden with key players. This notably included Netherlands international goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament damage for over 75% of the season.
Arsenal started the campaign without Tomáš Rosický (knee injury), Danny Welbeck (knee injury) and Jack Wilshere (fibula fracture), accounting for a guaranteed 3 weekly Injury League points for the majority of the season.
They were at a season-low Injury League ninth place before injuries to Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) occurred in Mid-October.
The Gunners suffered additional injuries by Santi Cazorla (lateral knee ligament), Francis Coquelin (medial knee ligament) and Alexis Sánchez (hamstring) in late-November, early-December.
Arsenal found themselves slowly building to an injury list of 10-11 players by March and quickly recovering, finally ending the season in the Injury League’s fifth spot with 239 points.
Leicester City and Swansea City fared the best in the league. Both sustained less than 3 injured players for at least 35 weeks of the season. Swansea was completely injury-free for 17 of them.
Leicester’s injury record is even more remarkable considering they only used 23 players all season.
Both of these factors surely contributed to Leicester’s incredible 15/16 campaign: winning the Barclay’s Premier League with a healthy and consistent squad.
Conversely, Newcastle’s dreadful injury record may have contributed to their ineffective play and ultimate relegation to the Championship.