Manchester City are leading the way in the Premier League this season but not in the way manager Manuel Pellegrini would have hoped.
According to figures published on social media by @physioroom, the Blues have incurred the highest number of reported injuries so far this term.
The statistics reveal that, since August 8, Manchester City have suffered 69 different injuries to their first-team squad.
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It goes some way to explaining City’s slump in form over the course of the campaign with notable absentees including Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.
Stoke City are next in the table with the Potters showing signs of cracking under the pressure of picking up 66 different reported injuries since the start of the season.
The figures reveal that the Red Devils have suffered 63 different injuries this term with notable United absentees include Wayne Rooney and David de Gea.
On the flip side, the figures also reveal how crucial a lack of injuries have been to Leicester’s surprise title bid.
The Foxes are closing in on a first ever top-flight league title crown and the numbers suggest manager Claudio Ranieri has benefitted hugely from a lack of injuries.
So far this season, Leicester have incurred just 18 injuries with Swansea City the next lowest in the standings at 23.
One of the main reasons behind this may have to do with the fact that the Foxes exited both the League Cup and FA Cup in the early stages and have had no extra European commitments.
Manchester City, by contrast, have made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Champions League, won the League Cup and reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.
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