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

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