Injuries are one of the most annoying things in Football Manager. If it is a bug or just bad luck is hard to say. Sports Interactive is always very secretive about the injury-section of FM, so there is no ‘bible’ and no truth for this subject. Although we can never exclude injuries completely, there are a lot steps you can take to minimize the risk of injured players.
Injuries in Football Manager
In this guide you will find tips to keep injuries to a minimum. You will find some that will undoubtedly sound very logical. Nevertheless, we find it worthwhile to mention them. Even though they sound logical, FM players tend to forget to apply these things in their game.
We also want to emphasize that following our tips will not guarantee that there will not be any injuries at all. These tips simply allow you to minimize the risk.
Sell injury prone players
The first thing you should do is sell injury prone players. This attribute is a hidden one and can only be seen when using the editor or a scouting tool.
However, it is visible in the game and you will find it in the Player Report area. Your assistant managers or coaches will inform you about this hidden attribute on players you have in the squad, while scouts inform you of players you might have an interest in.
The player’s injury history could also give you some extra information about his injury proneness.
Lower training intensity
Lower or adjust the training intensity as the season progresses. During the preseason it is normal to train harder to pick up condition levels, but when you are in the middle of the season you have to watch this area closely. Lower intensity a bit when you have more than one game per week, increase intensity during international breaks. That way you will keep the condition on a stable level.
During a long and hard season, it is advised to apply a rotation system. Players that sit around a 90% condition level can play, but keep in mind that these players will get injured faster.
So, why take the risk to play him, if you have a talented player in the squad that could use the experience.
Keep track of your schedule and mark the important matches. That way you can rest your most important players and have them in top condition for optimal performances.
Protect your stars
Is seems very simple, but this is very important. You don’t want Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo being out for a large part of the season only because you always let them play.
Treat these players as if they were your own kids. Give them some extra days off of training or take them off the field when the score allows you to.
Use your substitutions
This will work on more than one level.
One: you give players rest.
Two: you keep your reserve players happy.
Three: you can give talented players some extra minutes in the first team.
IMPORTANT: Don’t be fooled by the players who received a knock. These players can have a condition level of 40%, but if you wait a little longer the level will rise again up to the normal level. Check the body language widget during a match to find out how a player is feeling after a knock. This will generally tell you how he is feeling.
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Substitutions in Football Manager
Rest your players
You have the ability to rest your players during the season. On the training tab you can give your players 1 to 3 days or even a full week rest. Use it!
Especially when you have a tight and busy schedule you have to give your players the opportunity to regain their fitness levels.
So yet again; make sure to learn your schedule during the season and know when you can rest important players.
Sign a good and big medical staff
Important tip: always max out the possible physios and Sports scientists. The more you have on your team, the more injuries they can handle at once. The sports scientists will also advise you on possible injuries and injury risks.
When signing a new physio the following attributes are needed:
Playing football on a bad pitch increases the risk of injuries. You can check the condition level of your pitch in the ‘facilities tab’ of your Club Information. If the pitch is in a bad condition, you can request the board to relay the pitch.
Upgrade your facilities
Improving your facilities decreases the risk of injuries. Sounds cheesy right? But, trust us. The better the facilities, the less injuries will occur during training. Facilities cover the training pitch, weight room and other areas.
Upgrading facilities will also improve player development and youth levels. So that is an extra reason to update those facilities!
Unfortunately you will never be able to prevent injuries in your team. It could also be a spell of simple bad luck. But if you keep an eye on the areas from this article, you will be lowering the risks of injuries.