Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 9

Because of the international break, all team ages are unchanged from last week: Liverpool are still youngest in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.3, followed by Tottenham (25.4), Manchester United (25.6), Southampton and Arsenal (both 26.1). Manchester City remain oldest at 29.0, followed by Everton (28.9), Crystal Palace (28.3), Burnley (28.1), and Queens Park Rangers (28.0).

The number of injured players on the Injury League Table again sharply increased to 102 from 92 last week, and 84 just a week prior. Seven teams now have seven or more injured players listed: Arsenal (9), Newcastle (9), Burnley (8), Everton (8), Manchester United (8), West Ham (8), Liverpool (7).

Significant increases to injury age are:

  • Leicester (29.4->29.9) – Continued injuries to Esteban Cambiasso (34.1, Knock) and Matthew Upson (35.5, Ankle/foot).
  • Hull (26.9->27.3) – Continued injuries to Ahmed Elmohamady (27.1, Knock), Allan McGregor (32.7, Shoulder), and Robert Snodgrass (27.1, Knee).
  • Arsenal (24.9->25.3) – Return of Serge Gnabry (19.2, Knee) and Theo Walcott (25.6, ACL); Continued injuries to Mikel Arteta (32.6, Calf/shin), Mathieu Debuchy (29.2, Ankle/foot), Olivier Giroud (28.0, Ankle/foot), Aaron Ramsey (23.8, Hamstring) and Yaya Sanogo (21.7, Hamstring); New injuries to David Ospina (26.1, Hip/thigh), Mesut Özil (26.0, LCL), Tomáš Rosický (34.0, Calf/shin) and Danny Welbeck (23.9, Ankle/foot).
  • QPR (27.4->27.6) – Continued injuries to Joey Barton (32.1, Hamstring) and Alejandro Faurlín (28.2, ACL).

Only significant decrease to injury age is:

  • Chelsea (28.2->27.9) – Return of Thibaut Courtois (22.4, Concussion) and Eden Hazard (23.8, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Didier Drogba (36.6, Ankle/foot) and Ramires (27.5, Groin/pelvis); New injuries to André Schürrle (23.9, Illness) and Kurt Zouma (20.0, Hip/thigh).

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 05 October, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1000 GMT on 15 October.

Injury Age Graph-141015* Note: Southampton have an injury age average (22.7) outside the chart range and are therefore not represented on the chart above.Injury Age Table-141015The Premier League Injury Table can be found here, as well as in the sidebar.

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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?