By Mark J. Fine
Aston Villa remains the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League, and got even younger this week at 24.6. They are followed by Southampton (25.5), Arsenal (now 25.8), and Liverpool, who again edged higher to 26.2. Fulham are still the oldest at 30.9. The number of injured players on the Injury League list decreased by one to 77 from 78 last week.
Manchester United’s Injury Age increased to 26.0 due to Paul Scholes’ knee injury. No other teams were significantly impacted.
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, 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.
The statistics are compiled as follows: 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 11 Feb, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1100 GMT on 13 Feb.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by