By Mark J. Fine
Team ages have not changed due to the international break: Aston Villa are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.7, followed by Southampton (25.0), Tottenham (25.6), and Arsenal (26.1). Fulham are still the oldest at 29.9, followed by West Ham (29.0), Everton (28.9), and both Crystal Palace and Manchester United (28.7). However, the number of injured players on the Injury League list has jumped to 83 from 70 last week.
Those teams whose Injury Age increased significantly this week are: Crystal Palace (0.5), Norwich City, Swansea City, and West Bromwich Albion (each 0.2); with the following that decreased: Southampton (-1.3), Chelsea (-0.9), Manchester City (-0.9), Stoke City (-0.8), Arsenal (-0.3), Fulham (-0.3), Everton (-0.2), Newcastle United (-0.2), Sunderland (-0.2), and West Ham (-0.2).
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 01 September, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1000 GMT on 11 September.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by