Which Of The Big Six Suffered The Most During The International Injury Window? (And It’s A Happy Birthday To Sir Bobby!)

Posted: October 12, 2017 in Arsenal, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur
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Now that normal service is about to be resumed in the Premier League, at least for a month until the next set of ridiculous international fixtures are played, the clubs can begin to count the cost of releasing their top players to play in these games.

Sometimes meaningless, sometimes meaningful, it is always a surprise, particularly when the season has already started, to see how willing the teams are to release their players and how inconsiderate the international coaches are.

International games now involve players travelling thousands of miles and for what? A friendly in which they may pick up an injury? What is the point? It is far more understandable when the game to be played is a World Cup qualifier but even then it is a case of pathetic scheduling by FIFA.

Like the ubiquitous roadworks on the M6 in August, FIFA suits must discuss when the most disruption can be caused to the football leagues around the world, and make the decision to screw up a couple of weeks in September, October and November, (and that’s just this year!)

Below we have listed the players from the Big Six who have travelled the furthest, (usually in the comfort of a private jet, to be fair), and the ones who have been injured. As per usual, the clubs will have to continue paying these players while they are treated while the international managers will just have to decide who else they can put at risk in the next pointless friendly.



Shkodran Mustafi (thigh injury picked up with Germany)
Laurent Koscielny (achilles injury picked up with France)
Sead Kolašinac (calf injury picked up with Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Furthest travelled

Alexis Sánchez (Brazil v CHILE, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km
David Ospina (Peru v COLOMBIA, Wed, Lima) – 12 hours / 10100km



N’Golo Kante (hamstring injury picked up with France)

Furthest travelled

Willian (BRAZIL v Chile, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km



Sadio Mané (hamstring injury picked up with Senegal)

Furthest travelled

Philippe Coutinho (BRAZIL v Chile, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km
Roberto Firmino (BRAZIL v Chile, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km



Fabian Delph (hamstring injury picked up with England)

Furthest travelled

Ederson (BRAZIL v Chile, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km
Danilo (BRAZIL v Chile, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km
Fernandinho (BRAZIL v Chile, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km
Gabriel Jesus (BRAZIL v Chile, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km
Claudio Bravo (Brazil v CHILE, Wed, Sao Paulo) – 11 hours / 9400km
Nicolas Otamendi (Ecuador v ARGENTINA, Wed, Quito) – 14 hours / 9200km



Marouane Fellaini (knee injury picked up with Belgium)
Daley Blind (hamstring injury picked up with the Netherlands)

Furthest travelled

Antonio Valencia (ECUADOR v Argentina, Wed, Quito) – 14 hours / 9200km
Sergio Romero (Ecuador v ARGENTINA, Wed, Quito) – 14 hours / 9200km




Furthest travelled

Davinson Sanchez (Peru v COLOMBIA, Wed, Lima) – 12 hours / 10100km

So, of the six clubs, a total of eight players returned injured whilst another fourteen travelled a minimum of 9200km.

We really hope it was all worth it because the general consensus within the footballing public is that these games could be scrapped tomorrow and they would not be missed. In fact, the impression we got when canvassing opinion is that scrapping them would be a cause for celebration.



And finally, happy birthday to Sir Bobby Charlton who reaches the milestone of 80 years of age. A fitting holder of the record for most goals for both Manchester United and England for many, many years.

He scored all of his goals from his favourite attacking midfield position and his only regret, we assume, is that both his records were surpassed by an overpaid, overrated, boozing and womanising scouser who played virtually all of his career as a striker and, if he had been one tenth as good as Charlton, would have broken both records much sooner.

As the saying goes, he is not worthy.

The fact of the matter is that Charlton will be remembered as a legend at Old Trafford long after Rooney’s name is consigned to the “can you name this former player?” pages of quiz books.

So happy birthday and long may we continue to see Sir Bobby and his wife at Manchester United games in the future.







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