Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma is out for six months after damaging his knee during the Blues’ encounter with Manchester United, making the defender the ninth Premier League player with an ACL injury this season.
According to The Daily Mail, ACL injuries are on the rise, which is one of the most devastating (knee) injuries in the world of football, even in the world of sports.
Zouma joined Bournemouth’s trio of Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings, and Max Gradel, Liverpool’s duo of Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, Newcastle’s Tim Krul, West Ham’s Carl Jenkinson, and Aston Villa’s Jordan Amavi.
The news outlet also got their hands on the numbers that show both the total tally of ACL injuries for the season indicated and the number at the same point during the season (after 25 mathces).
During the 2010/2011 season, six ACL injuries were registrated, with four players down after 25 matches. The following season, eight injuries were registered, with six coming after 25 matches. The 2012/2013 season is still leading the way, with 12 ACL injuries in total and ten at the same point during the season.
The 2013/2014 season saw ten injuries and seven after 25 matches. Last season saw nine players going down with an ACL injury, but only six after 25 matches. This season, the Premier League sits at nine.
Recovering from such an injury comes down to a period of six to eight months.
The Daily Mail asked various sources about what could be causing the rise in ACL injuries this season, but couldn’t come up with one distinctive conclusion.
Former Charlton and Arsenal physio David Wales maybe summed it up best:
“The pitch or the new types of boots could be a factor, but the most relevant aspects are still how the players move, how fatigued they are and, of course, the kinds of collisions they experience on the pitch.”