Injuries are one of the biggest irritations 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 injures players.
On this list 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. Just because 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. Whether a player is injury prone, is difficult to determine in Football Manager. It is a hidden attribute and can only be seen when using an editor. Normally Assistant Managers will mention this in the Report section of a player, but there are some examples of them missing this rather important flaw. As a Manager you can spot the injury prone players by looking at the injury information screens. Players who are injured a lot, are – off course – the injury prone players.
TONE DOWN TRAINING INTENSITY
It sounds very logical, but still a lot of FM Players tend to forget to adjust the intensity of the training as the season progresses. During the preseason you have to train hard to pick up the condition levels, but during the rest of the season it is a matter of maintaining the condition levels stable. So make sure to keep an eye on your schedule during the season. If you play three matches a week, you should tone down the intensity.
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 STAR PLAYERS
Is seems very simple, but this is very important. You don’t want Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo 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 and three: you can give talented players some extra minutes in the first team.
Note: don’t be fooled by the players who got 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.
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
Sounds logical and yes it is logical. Make sure you have an extensive medical team at your club. Having numerous Physio’s and Sports scientists manages even the biggest injurywave. A big medical staff will not only reduce the risk of injuries, but also reduce the recovery time. 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 ask the board to relay the pitch.
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.