It must be a manager’s worst nightmare when you sign a player and then he gets injured immediately. This seems to be the summer for it.
There have been several cases in the past when new signings have injury problems, whether they had them before they arrived, or when they pick them up at their new club.
A couple examples from the past include Liverpool signing the already injured Alberto Aquilani from Roma expecting him to be fit for September, only for him to make his first start for the club in December.
The extreme example would Luc Nilis who scored a wonderfully well-taken volley for Aston Villa on his debt against Chelsea, only to suffer a career ending injury after a clash with goalkeeper Richard Wright in a fixture against Ipswich.
Those two are a couple of extremes, but here is a look at a few new signings who have given their managers a cause for concern who have started life at their new club with an injury.
Martin Demichelis - Manchester City
Demichelis came in with the specific task of solving a defensive crisis at the heart of the Manchester City defence. Vincent Kompany hobbled off in the opening game against Newcastle with a groin injury, there are still question marks over the fitness of Micah Richards, and Mateja Nastasic has only just returned from injury. Demichelis managed to pick up a knee injury and his opportunities could be limited as he is likely to be out for longer than Kompany, unless the injuries become contagious.
Jack Hunt - Crystal Palace
Is there anything more infuriating than a new player signing for a club and then sustaining a long-term injury? Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway had been pursuing Hunt for much of the summer and finally got his man late on in the window, only for him to break his ankle in a training session. I don’t think that’s what he was looking for, somehow.
He was a flop at Liverpool and Big Sam is hoping he will be a success at West Ham. But the winger is sidelined with a leg injury and hasn’t really played much of a part in the opening few games this season. Allardyce would like to get him settled as quickly as possible
Gary Hooper - Norwich City
Chris Hughton signed Hooper from Celtic with the hope he would show the same kind of form he demonstrated north of the border in front of goal. The striker has had a bit of bad luck though and has yet to make his first league appearance for the club after being stretchered off in a pre-season friendly against Greek side Panathinaikos.
Aly Cissokho - Liverpool
The left-back may have been brought in as cover for Jose Enrique at Liverpool, but I doubt manager Brendan Rodgers would have wanted him to last barely five minutes and one run the opposing full-back against Notts County. The loan signing from Valencia is out until October with an ankle injury.
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