By Mark J. Fine
Aston Villa are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.7, followed by Southampton (25.3), Tottenham (25.4), and Arsenal (25.8). Fulham remain the oldest at 29.5, followed by Crystal Palace (28.8), West Ham (28.7), Everton (28.7), and West Bromwich Albion (28.6). The number of injured players on the Injury League list has decreased to 80 from 89 last week.
Those teams whose Injury Age increased significantly this week are: Hull City (0.4), Cardiff (0.3), and Aston Villa and Liverpool (each 0.2); with the following that decreased: Swansea City (-1.0), Manchester United (-0.4), and Fulham, Stoke City, Sunderland, and Tottenham (each -0.2).
An interesting trend is beginning to emerge where the bottom 5 teams in the Barclay’s Premier League all have injured players averaging 26.8 or greater. Only West Bromwich Albion (28.1), Hull City (28.7), and Everton (29.2) are counter to this trend.
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 30 September, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1000 GMT on 02 October.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by