Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro says that the club are conducting a “massive internal review” into their injury situation which currently sees seven first team stars sidelined with injury issues. Injuries have dogged the club for the last two seasons now but, in the past, the injuries have largely been big impact injuries forcing players into extended absences.
This season, Arsenal currently have Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, Steph Catley and Lisa Evans nursing muscle injuries, while Jen Beattie also missed part of the season with a calf problem. Joe Montemurro admits this is a concern and the club are examining their internal processes. “As much as you hate asking about injuries Tim, I hate answering because I feel like I am making excuses! Each injury has its own story but you will be excited to know that there is a massive, massive amount of internal review that we are doing because it’s something that has crept up on us in an area where we felt we were very, very strong.
“We do a lot of individual strength testing and to know where their deficiencies are, whether they have calf problems. This season, for some reason, it has reared its head.” Montemurro feels there are an accumulation of factors which could explain the sudden uptick of muscle injuries. “Is it load management? Possibly. Is it the accumulation of games? Possibly. Is it the long pause of games and now, suddenly, there are lots of games and there is the stress of real-game situations as opposed to training at home alone? Possibly.
“I’m looking at every exercise we do in training, I am looking at my session planning, we are looking at our rehab processes. We’re trying to work out where and how and why this has happened. We need to be better at understanding all of this. There is no finger pointing here, this is about us coming together as a group, as a wider Arsenal and also how we work with individuals on a specific basis and looking at how we can get better results.”
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The Gunners boss also thinks the unusual pre-season, which saw Arsenal return after four months of individual training before going into a Champions League quarter-final might have taken a toll. “The pre-season was different, definitely, has there been an impact because there was an immediate accumulation of games? Possibly, yes. We need to look at it and be better because it’s an area where we are a little bit concerned.”