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11 injury-prone players to avoid signing in Football Manager 2017

Fraser Gilbert scours the game's database to seek out the troublesome types who'll bother your physios all year round

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It’s every manager’s worst nightmare. You stumble upon the perfect signing, but before he’s even stepped on home turf his injury-prone tendencies force him to the sidelines. Before you know it, you’ve wasted a chunk of budget and an entire year’s wages on a player who’s consistently out of action.  

To avoid this, we need to delve into Football Manager 2017’s hidden attributes. Injury proneness, alongside natural fitness and stamina, is a key stat that can indicate the likelihood of a player becoming injured. With this in mind, we’ve picked out a definitive XI of injury-prone players you’ll want to avoid.  

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Best to avoid the following players if you don't want your physio to be overworked

1. Sergio Asenjo (GK)

Team: Villarreal

Injury proneness rating: 17

Need to know: Talented Spanish keeper Asenjo is well-known for his cruciate ligament woes, suffering his fourth instance of the injury back in February. Unfortunately, the £10.5m Villarreal custodian is plagued with 17 injury proneness and 8 natural fitness stats as a result, making him a risky acquisition for top-level sides.

Sergio Asenjo

2. Martin Caceres (RB, CB)

Team: Southampton

Injury proneness rating: 17

Need to know: Former Juventus defender Caceres has a long history of injuries, notably suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon back in February 2016. The now-ex-Southampton defender’s otherwise-impressive stats are hampered by 6 natural fitness and 17 injury proneness attributes, both of which don’t do the Uruguay international any favours in FM 2017.

Martin Caceres

3. Armand Traore (LB, LM)

Team: Nottingham Forest

Injury proneness rating: 20

Need to know: Ex-Arsenal and QPR defender Traore wrestled with injuries once more last season, appearing in just 12 league games for Championship side Nottingham Forest. The 27-year-old benefits from plenty of pace in-game, but his 20 injury proneness suggests he’ll struggle to use it.

Armand Traore

4. Sam Hutchinson (CB, DM, MC)

Team: Sheffield Wednesday

Injury proneness rating: 20

Need to know: It was a chondral defect in the right knee that forced versatile defender Hutchinson to retire aged 21. He’s since overcome those troubles, and played a crucial part in last season’s Championship campaign with Sheffield Wednesday. Unfortunately for us virtual managers, his past issues see him equipped with 20 injury proneness and 6 natural fitness attributes in FM 2017.

Sam Hutchinson