Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 35

By Mark J. Fine

Aston Villa remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.6, followed by Southampton (25.6), Arsenal (up to 25.9), and now Liverpool tied with Newcastle at 26.5. Fulham remain the oldest at 31.0. The number of injured players on the Injury League list increased by 1 from 80 to 81.

No teams’ Injury Age was significantly impacted by injury this week. Only five teams have had changes of 0.1 year, though it’s been noted that several teams’ injury ages have been creeping upward over the past several weeks.

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 08 Apr, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1025 GMT on 10 Apr.

Injury Age Graph-10Apr13 Injury Age Table-10Apr13The 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?