Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 12

Manchester United are now the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.4, followed by Tottenham and Liverpool (both now 25.5), Arsenal (now 26.1) and Southampton (now 26.2). Everton (now 29.04) still edge Manchester City (now 28.98) as the oldest, followed by Crystal Palace (28.3), Burnley (28.1), and Queens Park Rangers (27.9). The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased to 87 from 84 last week.

Significant increases to injury age are:

  • Hull City (28.7->29.2) – Return of Andrew Robertson (20.6, Knee); Continued injuries to Michael Dawson (31.0, Ankle/foot), Steve Harper (39.6, Arm), Nikica Jelavić (29.2, Knee), Allan McGregor (32.7, Shoulder) and Robert Snodgrass (27.2, Knee); New injury to Alex Bruce (30.1, Hamstring).
  • Burnley (26->26.3) – Return of Dean Marney (30.7, Hamstring); Continued injuries to Steven Reid (33.7, Groin), Matthew Taylor (32.9, Calf/shin) and Sam Vokes (25.0, ACL).
  • Manchester City (28->28.2) – Continued injury to Frank Lampard (36.4, Muscle); New injuries to Aleksandar Kolarov (29.0, Calf/shin), Eliaquim Mangala (23.7, Hip/thigh) and David Silva (28.8, Knee).
  • Arsenal (25.5->25.7) – Continued injuries to Mathieu Debuchy (29.3, Ankle/foot), Olivier Giroud (28.1, Ankle/foot), Laurent Koscielny (29.2, Ankle/foot), David Ospina (26.2, Hip/thigh) and Mesut Özil (26.1, LCL); New injuries to Mikel Arteta (32.6, Hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (22.8, Illness).
  • Stoke City (29.2->29.3) – Return of Charlie Adam (28.9, Calf/shin); Continued injuries to Robert Huth (30.2, Calf/shin), Peter Odemwingie (33.3, ACL) and Glenn Whelan (30.8, Broken leg).

Significant decreases to injury age are:

  • Sunderland (27.3->27.1) – Return of Steven Fletcher (27.6, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Ricardo Álvarez (26.6, Knee), Sebastián Coates (24.1, Hip/thigh), Emanuele Giaccherini (29.5, Ankle/foot) and Billy Jones (27.6, Hamstring); New injuries to Jack Rodwell (23.7, Claf/shin) and Patrick Van Aanholt (24.2, Shoulder).
  • Tottenham (25.1->24.9) – Continued injuries to Nabil Bentaleb (19.9, Ankle/foot) and Kyle Walker (24.4, Groin/pelvis); New injuries to Eric Dier (20.8, Illness) and Aaron Lennon (27.6, Hamstring).

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 3 November, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1100 GMT on 5 November.

Injury Age Graph-141105* Note: Southampton have an injury age average (22.5) outside the chart range and are therefore not represented on the chart above.
Injury Age Table-141105The 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?