Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 30

By Mark J. Fine

Aston Villa remains the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.6, followed by Southampton (25.5), Arsenal (25.8), and Liverpool (now averaging 26.3). Fulham are the oldest at 30.9. The number of injured players on the Injury League list again increased by two to 77 from 75 last week. No teams’ Injury Age was significantly impacted by injury this week.

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 04 Mar, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1200 GMT on 06 Mar.

Injury Age Graph-06Mar13 Injury Age Table-06Mar13The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.

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Mark J. Fine

Yank (native New Yorker, no less) and self-proclaimed Anglophile that has aspired to make tea at the BBC as a career opportunity, ever since discovering it on shortwave radio circa 1974. See what I did right there?