Expert reveals 'big red flag' as Mohamed Salah walks Liverpool tightrope
Travel-related fatigue is one of the “biggest red flags” in terms of susceptibility to injury – and Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah is walking a tightrope as he racks up the air miles.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Salah, 30, has remarkably had just three time-loss injuries during his era-defining Liverpool career.
He has played 263 times in six seasons, while also regularly jetting out to Africa to be the leading light for the Egyptian national team.
Data collected by FIFPro and relayed by The Athletic last Friday (16 September) shows that the attacker has flown the equivalent of around the world 5.6 times over the last four years alone.
Dinnery explained why this level of travel is likely to contribute to fatigue and therefore injuries further down the line.
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“One of the biggest risk factors in terms of injury instances is historical,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“If a player is susceptible to injury, that’s a red flag going forward. If a player has shown consistently that he is only availably 70 per cent of the time, he is likely to be available 70 per cent of the time in the next season.
“Secondly, one of the biggest red flags is fatigue. When you talk about players who are flying around the world, we’re talking about different time zones and climates.
“You’re also having heavily disrupted rest and recovery periods. There are different kick-off times and scheduling around rest and recovery. All of these contribute to fatigue.
“That is something that contributes massively to soft tissue injuries.
“That is what we have seen with Salah. He is a player you inherently rely on to be fit and available, but that requires massive amounts of management and self-management in terms of those players.”