Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 40

By Mark J. Fine

Aston Villa will most likely finish the season as the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.5, with Fulham being the oldest at 30.9. The number of injured players on the Injury League list has dropped to 73 from 81 last week. No team’s Injury Age was significantly impacted by injury this week, with only seven team’s weighted injury age changing +/- 0.1 years.

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 24.5. 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 14 May, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~0850 GMT on 15 May.

Injury Age Graph-15May13 Injury Age Table-15May13The Final Premier League Injury Table for the 2012/13 season 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?