Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 34

By Mark J. Fine

Aston Villa remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.6, followed by Southampton (up to 25.6), Arsenal (25.8), and Liverpool (26.4). Fulham are still the oldest, but up slightly to 31.0. The number of injured players on the Injury League list decreased by 2 from 82 to 80.

No teams’ Injury Age was significantly impacted by injury this week. However, some may have noticed several teams’ injury ages creeping ever so slowly upward in the chart over the past several weeks. In particular, Aston Villa and Man United, which used to fill out the corners of the red ellipse, are noticeably higher.

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 Barclay’s Premier League matches through 01 Apr, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1030 GMT on 03 Apr.

Injury Age Graph-03Apr13 Injury Age Table-03Apr13The 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?