By Mark J. Fine
Aston Villa remains the youngest team in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.7, followed by Southampton (25.5), Arsenal (25.7), and Liverpool (25.9) – This hasn’t changed since last week due to the FA Cup break. Fulham remains the oldest at 30.8. Despite the break (or because of it) the number of injured players reached an all time season high of 96.
Fulham’s average injury age increased again from 29.0 to 29.3, due to injuries to Davies, Diarra, Duff, Petric, Schwarzer and now Kelly and Riise. Etheridge is also back on the injury list with a muscle injury. Reading also increased from 26.7 to 26.9, due to Leigertwood having a knock, but in addition to McCarthy and Roberts.
The trend continues where injuries reported for teams at the top of the Premier League Injury Table seem to be amongst players around 26 years of age, give or take a year, as shown by the red ellipse. These also tend to be younger playing sides than those with fewer injuries, which is grouped by the blue ellipse.
As before, the average age of each team as weighted by playing time is shown along the horizontal axis. The average age of each injured player comprising the Premier League Injury Table is shown along the vertical axis. The value in the current Premier League Injury Table is used for the relative size of each bubble.
All statistics are inclusive of Barklay’s Premier League matches through 02 Jan, and injuries reported via PhysioRoom.com on 09 Jan.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by