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 (26.0), and Newcastle (now alone at 26.5). Fulham are still the oldest at 30.9. The number of injured players on the Injury League list has now significantly decreased 11 to 70 from 81 last week.
Only Southampton’s Injury Age was significantly impacted by injury this week going from 25.8 to 25.6. This was primarily due to the return of Guly Do Prado (31.3), and injuries to Luke Shaw (17.8-ankle) and James Ward-Prowse (18.5-knock). Richard Chaplow (28.2) also remains injured due to an ankle injury. Eight other teams have had changes of +/- 0.1. However, several teams’ injury ages have been creeping in either direction 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 – even though Liverpool appear to have crossed it at 24.4. 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 29 Apr, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~0950 GMT on 01 May.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by