A story suggesting in part that the boots worn by players may be contributing towards the injuries suffered by Premier League players is again doing the rounds on social media following the shocking injury crisis at Upton Park.
The Mail Online published a story back in October saying that six Premier League stars who suffered devastating cruciate ligament injury blows in the last six weeks were wearing Nike boots.
The players were Danny Ings (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Tim Krul (Newcastle), and Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel of Bournemouth.
A quick check on Google has shown this morning that Winston Reid – who has suffered his third ligament injury in less than a year – is also using Nike boots along with Enner Valencia, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet.
However, there is absolutely no evidence connecting the Irons injuries to the brand of boots the players wear and within the Mail story a footwear industry source said: “Injuries are part and parcel of the game and have always occurred. What brand is being used is a complete coincidence – this has nothing to do with boots!”
Injury data analyst Ben Dinnery is quoted as saying: “Nothing shouts out that this is a problem with football and certainly not Nike.
“In almost every case there has been some form of coming together with either the turf or an opponent. I know that Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche have investigated and found that the injuries were unavoidable.”
And a West Ham source, when asked by ClaretandHugh whether we should be over-worried by Winston’s injury record over the past 12 months said: “No, it really is down to bad luck.”