Tottenham remain the youngest team in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.2, followed by a very close tie for second amongst Liverpool (now 26.024), Arsenal (now 26.037), Manchester United (now 26.041), and Newcastle United (now 26.050). Everton are still the oldest at 29.1, followed by Manchester City (29.0), Crystal Palace (28.3), Queens Park Rangers (28.1) and Burnley (now 27.9).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased to 86 from 95 last week. All teams had 6 injuries or less, except for Arsenal and Newcastle United with 9 each.
The only significant increase to injury age this week is :
- Burnley (26.8->27) – Return of Nathaniel Chalobah (20.0, Knock); Continued injuries to Michael Duff (36.9, Calf/shin), Matthew Taylor (33.1, Calf/shin), Sam Vokes (25.2, ACL) and Stephen Ward (29.3, Ankle/foot); New injury to Ben Mee (25.2, Illness).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- Chelsea (26.8->26.6) – Continued injury to Nathan Aké (19.8, Hamstring); New injuries to Thibaut Courtois (22.6, Groin/pelvis), Didier Drogba (36.8, Ankle/foot) and Kurt Zouma (20.1, Head).
- Stoke City (28.8->28.7) – Return of Marko Arnautović (25.6, Knock) and Marc Wilson (27.3, Hamstring); Continued injuries to Victor Moses (24.0, Thigh strain), Marc Muniesa (22.7, Hamstring), Peter Odemwingie (33.4, ACL), Steve Sidwell (32.0, Knee) and Dionatan Teixeira (22.4, Ankle/foot); New injury to Bojan Krkić (24.3, Hip/thigh).
- Manchester City (28->27.9) – Return of Fernandinho Roza (29.6, Knock) and David Silva (28.9, Knee); Continued injuries to Sergio Agüero (26.5, MCL), Stevan Jovetić (25.1, Hamstring), Vincent Kompany (28.7, Hamstring) and Matija Nastasić (21.7, Thigh strain); New injury to Edin Džeko (28.8, Calf/shin).
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 15 December, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 22.37 BT on 16 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