By Mark J. Fine
Aston Villa are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.5, followed by Southampton (now 25.7), Arsenal (26.0), and Newcastle (26.5). Fulham are still the oldest at 30.9. The number of injured players on the Injury League list has returned to 81 from 70 last week, primarily due to additional injuries from Swansea (5), Aston Villa (3), and Newcastle (2).
No team’s Injury Age was significantly impacted by injury this week. Nine 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 08 May, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1005 GMT also on 08 May.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by