Soccer’s flamboyant jamboree is closer to a fairy tale ending with the Euro Cup and America’s Cup semi-finals knocking on our doors. Adding to the catalog, the city of Tokyo is prepared to host the Olympic Games scheduled on the basis of the festivities. A stay-at-home pandemic combined with non-stop international soccer seems like the perfect recipe for fans. But the people who put up with the problems due to a packed summer are the footballers donning the jerseys of their countries and on the road from an injury pandemic.
🚑 It seems that one of the tournament players will retire early when Leonardo Spinazzola stops injured.
😭 A great shame pic.twitter.com/fqycJs1bWF
– WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 2, 2021
Injuries are like a complimentary dessert in an endless soccer season. With the Euro and America’s Cup ruling out some big names, the Tokyo Olympics would certainly put the careers of some youngsters in jeopardy.
🗓 Happy #PLFixtures day 🗓
All 380 games for the 2021/22 season are now available 😍
– Premier League (@premierleague) June 16, 2021
The real question remains whether an injury-filled season is coming. With all European leagues starting in August, players will have a smaller season. And injuries could dominate the club’s list of problems as they prepare for their domestic battles.
CLUBS EXPERIENCED BY INJURIES
Jurgen Klopp’s love affair with injuries continued when a team under Liverpool’s command almost failed to secure a place in the Champions League. From the towering defender Virgil Van Dijk to the recent purchase of Diogo Jota, the injury inventory seemed endless. And that cost the Reds a prolific season in England. The reigning champions lost their throne to Manchester City as their European dreams were interrupted by The whites.
Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery for the knee injury suffered during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at @Everton.
After surgery, Virgil will begin a rehabilitation program that will allow him to achieve full physical condition as soon as possible.
You will come back stronger @VirgilvDijk 💪
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 18, 2020
The road was not easy for Zinedine Zidane’s army either. The Spanish giants were beaten by their neighbors who have been crowned champions of Spain while the owners of the Champions League rented their title to the young guns of Thomas Tuchel.
– Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) May 5, 2021
These cases prove that injuries can create immense pressure for a title-hungry coach. When a world-class squad is hit by injuries, the team could lose momentum. The train runs off the track and in the battle of the lions, a sleeping cub will never be able to survive.
THE EUROPEAN PROBLEM
The Euro and America’s Cup have suffered a handful of injuries that have hampered his team’s aspirations. Eden Hazard’s absence due to a muscle strain meant Italy thrashed the Red Devils ruining the party for Belgium’s golden generation. But Hazard’s absence could cost Los Blancos a fortune. Carlo Ancelotti wanted to start a renewal at the Santiago Bernabeu, but without the Belgian superstar, the obstacles against Ancelotti have doubled.
Ousmane Dembele, an alternative to Didier Deschamps’ offensive arsenal, was injured early and forced to start early in the European summer. Secondary to Memphis Depay and Lionel Messi in Barcelona, Dembélé could have reinforced the attacking force at the Camp Nou. But unfortunately, Demebele’s adoration for bruises has continued for another season.
The directory continues with Spinazzola the last entry. The Italian defender has been the discovery of the Euros giving the return completely By azzurri destination. But an injury in the last blows of the match against an exhausted Belgian team interrupted his silver dreams. But more than that, Spinazzola’s exceptional form could have been exploited by José Mourinho, Roma’s new grandmaster.
An injury pandemic could be at stake and European teams will bear the cost. The Champions League conquerors have sent their troops to both the Euro and South America. A refreshed Tuchel team is the favorite to lift the Premier League title. But if even a single Blues soldier is injured, Tuchel’s title could be thrown at any other Premier League team.
– UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) 23 Aug 2020
Last season started with covid-19 disrupting the campaign and the 2019/20 Champions League winners were announced on August 23, 2020, instead of April. The new season started after a few weeks with September 19 as the start date. With no recovery awarded to the players, the footballers were expected to provide their services for their national clubs.
Constant training throughout the week, a bio-bubble you can’t get out of, and persistent pressure to maintain a benchmark, players sometimes falter under pressure. While the restriction of 24 hours a day and fewer days for recovery increases the chances of a player getting injured. A busy schedule and international duty add to the pickles as players are left on the hunt for silverware.
Lionel Messi, the heart of Barcelona, played almost every minute of football at the Camp Nou. Bag another brilliant scoring season and finish it off with a Copa del Rey title. But still, his desire to win an international silver medal has forced him to play for La Albiceleste for the full 90 minutes throughout the group stage.
Although after a stressful summer, players will get the required rest for a while, the guarantee of being safe from the injury pandemic does not exist. The Tokyo Olympics would be another obstacle to overcome for young people like Riqui Puig and Jamal Musiala, who have already played great minutes for their clubs.