Tottenham (now 25.38) marginally edges Liverpool (now 25.44) as the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League, followed by Manchester United (now 25.5), Arsenal (now 26.0) and Southampton (26.1). Manchester City are still oldest, now at 29.1, followed by Everton (28.9), Crystal Palace (28.3), Burnley (28.1), and Queens Park Rangers (now 27.9). The number of injured players on the Injury League Table sharply decreased to 88 from 102 last week, which is pretty good for coming back from an International break.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Hull City (27.3->28.3) – Return of Ahmed Elmohamady (27.1, Knock); Continued injuries to Allan McGregor (32.7, Shoulder) and Robert Snodgrass (27.1, Knee); New injuries to Michael Dawson (30.9, Ankle/foot), Steve Harper (39.6, Arm) and Nikica Jelavić (29.2, Knee).
- Queens Park Rangers (27.6->28.2) – Continued injuries to Joey Barton (32.1, Hamstring) and Alejandro Faurlín (28.2, ACL); New injuries to Rio Ferdinand (36.0, Groin/pelvis), Robert Green (34.8, Tonsilitis), Jordon Mutch (22.9, Hamstring), Nedum Onuoha (27.9, Hamstring) and Sandro Ranieri (25.6, Groin/pelvis).
- Burnley (25.1->25.6) – Return of Nathaniel Chalobah (19.8, Throat), Danny Ings (22.2, Hamstring), David Jones (29.9, Hip/thigh) and Kieran Trippier (24.1, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Michael Keane (21.8, Hamstring), Dean Marney (30.7, Hamstring), Matthew Taylor (32.9, Calf/shin) and Sam Vokes (25.0, ACL); New injuries to Steven Reid (32.9, Groin).
- Manchester City (27.3->27.7) – Return of Fernandinho Roza (29.4, Hamstring); Continued injury to Samir Nasri (27.3, Groin/pelvis); New injury to Frank Lampard (36.3, Muscle).
- Leicester City (29.9->30.1) – Return of Esteban Cambiasso (34.1, Knock); Continued injury to Matthew Upson (35.5, Ankle/foot).
Only significant decrease to injury age is:
- Chelsea (27.9->27.6) – Return of Didier Drogba (36.6, Ankle/foot) and Kurt Zouma (20.0, Hip/thigh); Continued injuries to Ramires (27.5, Groin/pelvis) and André Schürrle (24.0, Illness); New injuries to Diego Costa (26.0, Hamstring), John Obi Mikel (27.5, Ankle/foot) and Loïc Rémy (27.8, Groin/pelvis).
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 20 October, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1000 GMT on 22 October.
* Note: Southampton have an injury age average (22.7) outside the chart range and are therefore not represented on the chart above.The Premier League Injury Table can be found here, as well as in the sidebar.by