By Mark J. Fine
Aston Villa continues to be the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.6, followed by Southampton (higher this week at 25.6), Arsenal (25.8), and Liverpool (26.3). Fulham continue as the oldest at 30.9. The number of injured players on the Injury League list again crept up by two to 79 from 77 last week.
The only significant moevement in Injury Age is Everton, who’ve increased from 27.7 to 27.9. This is primarily due to extended injuries to Tony Hibbert (32.1), Tim Howard (34.0), and Phil Jagielka (30.6).
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 10 Mar, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~0945 GMT on 13 Mar.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by