Over the last five completed seasons according to research commissioned by Cute Injury, Aston Villa have suffered a total of 181 injuries with players missing a total of 274.5 months worth of time over the last five seasons.
So which players are the most injury-prone in terms of number of injuries and length of time out.
Most Injured Aston Villa player
Obviously a player who’s spent the longest time at the club will have the best chance of racking up the most injuries, but it’s still a surprise not to see Ron Vlaar as the number one player! Despite his most serious injury only keeping him out for three months, Gabriel Agbonlahor though, who’s been at the club all five seasons, is the Villa player that has racked up the most injuries over that period.
He has suffered numerous ‘niggles’ to his calf, groin, hamstring, thigh and ankle over the past five seasons.
Agbonlahor has suffered a total of 13 injuries in that time period – only four of which kept the striker out for longer than a couple of weeks. He’s not even in the running of the Villa players who have been out for the longest consecutive period.
Villa player out for the longest
Aston Villa have had quite a few long-term injury casualties over the past five seasons.
Ciaran Clark, Fabian Delph, Craig Gardner, Chris Herd and Richard Dunne have all spent more than 12 months out injured in that time frame.
Richard Dunne takes the dubious honour of being the Villa player with the most time spent injured on the sidelines though, clocking up a total of 17.5 months out injured in the past five seasons. This was mostly due to being out for a full year with a groin injury sustained during international duty in August 2012.
You may remember that Dunne was due back in his final season around January and press stories of his return seem to run every month, but he never played again for Villa. He was miraculously fit to return to play for Ireland at the end of the season though.
Maybe he was the first player to originate Paul Lambert’s ‘Bomb Squad’ and for the last few months he wasn’t really injured at all?
All calculations are taken from the original article by Cute Injury , so don’t shoot the messenger if you notice any discrepancies!
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