KEEPING INJURIES UNDER CONTROL
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.
In this list of 10 steps there will undoubtedly be some which would 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 these steps will not guarantee that there will not be any injuries at all. These steps simply allow you to minimize the risk.
STEP 1: 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.
STEP 2: Tone down training levels
It sounds very logical, but still a lot of FM Players tend to forget to adjust the intensity of the training. In the season preparation you have to train hard to pick up the condition levels. In the rest of the season it is a matter of maintaining the condition levels stable, not getting it higher and better. Make sure your players are not too tired, especially if you play three matches a week.
STEP 3: Rotate players
During a long and hard season, it is advised to apply a rotation system in your squad. Players who sit around a condition level of 90% are sharp enough to play. But why take the risk of playing him, if you can give a young talent with an excellent condition the opportunity to have some minutes in the first team? Keep looking at your match schedule and pick out the important matches. That way you can rest your most important players and have them in top condition for optimal performances.
Step 4: 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 children. Give them some extra days off of training or take them off the field when the score allows you to.
STEP 5: Use your Substitutions
Keep a close eye on the condition levels of your players during a match. If the score allows you to, sub the players who need a rest. Note: do not 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.
STEP 6: Rest your players
You have the ability to rest your players during the season. On the training tab you can give your players 1,2,3 or even a week off. Use it! Especially when you have a tight and busy schedule you have to give your players the opportunity to regain their fitness levels.
STEP 7: 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 makes sure that even the biggest wave of injuries can be managed. Having a good medical staff will also help reducing the recovery time of a player when he is injured. Look when signing a new physio at the following attributes Physiotherapy, Motivation, Discipline, Determination and motivation.
STEP 8: Pitch condition
Make sure your pitch is in a good condition. Playing on a bad pitch will increase the risk of injuries. You can check the condition level of your pitch in the ‘facilities tab’ of your Club Information section. If the pitch is in a bad condition, you can ask the board to relay the pitch.
STEP 9: Upgrade facilities
The better the facilities, the less you have to worry about injuries sustained during training. Having state of the art facilities will make sure your training pitch will be in perfect condition and your players can use a modern weight room. Therefore the risk of injuries is smaller.
STEP 10: Use a big Squad
When using a big squad (lets say 23 players at least) it is much easier to deal with a couple of injuries at the same time. Having a big squad will also make sure you aren’t left with a dreadful Youth Player when your Star is out with an injury. If you do not have the finances available to create a big squad, try signing players who are versatile and can play in more than one position.