By Mark J. Fine
Southampton and Aston Villa are tied for the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League, at 24.7, followed by Tottenham (25.6), and Cardiff (26.0). Fulham are still the oldest and getting older at 29.9, followed by Crystal Palace (29.2), Everton (29.0), and West Ham (28.9). Despite Arsenal’s recent injuries, the number of injured players on the Injury League list has decreased to 64 from 67 last week.
Several teams’ Injury Age increased significantly: Hull (2.0), Fulham (1.1), Tottenham (0.7), Sunderland (0.6), Man City (0.5), Southampton (0.4), and Newcastle (0.3); while the following dropped this week: Norwich City (-0.2), Crystal Palace (-0.2), Liverpool (-0.3), and West Ham (-0.7).
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 26 August, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1000 GMT on 28 August.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by