Tottenham are now far and away the youngest team in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.2, followed by a close tie for second between Manchester United (now 25.955), Liverpool (now 25.973), Arsenal (now 26.018), and Newcastle United (now 26.040). Everton remain the oldest at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (29.0), Crystal Palace (28.3), Queens Park Rangers (28.1) and Burnley (28.0).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased to 95 from 97 last week.
The only significant increase to injury age this week is:
Burnley (26.7->26.8) – Continued injuries to Nathaniel Chalobah (20.0, Knock), Michael Duff (36.9, Calf/shin), Matthew Taylor (33.0, Calf/shin), Sam Vokes (25.1, ACL) and Stephen Ward (29.3, Ankle/foot).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
Stoke City (29->28.8) – Return of Robert Huth (30.3, Calf/shin), Jonathan Walters (31.2, Knee) and Glenn Whelan (30.9, Calf strain); Continued injuries to Victor Moses (24.0, Thigh strain), Peter Odemwingie (33.4, ACL), Steve Sidwell (32.0, Knee) and Dionatan Teixeira (22.4, Ankle/foot); New injuries to Marko Arnautović (25.6, Knock), Marc Muniesa (22.7, Hamstring) and Marc Wilson (27.3, Hamstring).
Chelsea (26.9->26.8) – Continued injury to Nathan Aké (19.8, Hamstring);
Manchester City (28.2->28) – Return of Edin Džeko (28.7, Calf strain) and Aleksandar Kolarov (29.1, Calf/shin); Continued injuries to Vincent Kompany (28.7, Hamstring), Matija Nastasić (21.7, Thigh strain) and David Silva (28.9, Knee); New injuries to Sergio Agüero (26.5, LCL), Stevan Jovetić (25.1, Knock) and Fernandinho Roza (29.6, Knock).
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 08 December, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 22.54 BT on 09 December.
* Note: Southampton have an injury age average (22.9) outside the chart range and are peeking into (therefore not well represented on) the chart above.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here, as well as in the sidebar.