By Mark J. Fine
Aston Villa are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.5, followed by Southampton (25.6), Arsenal (up to 26.0), and Liverpool / Newcastle (both at 26.5). Fulham remain the oldest, although down slightly to 30.9. The number of injured players on the Injury League list increased by 6 back to 81 from 75 last week.
No teams’ Injury Age was significantly impacted by injury this week. Only six teams have had changes of +/- 0.1 year. However, several teams’ injury ages have been creeping in either direction over the past several weeks. Liverpool’s injury age is edging noticeably downward and is now at 24.5, almost half-way across the border of the original ellipse. Manchester United is also moving outside the ellipse with an injury age of 26.7.
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 22 Apr, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1020 GMT on 24 Apr.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by