Tottenham remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.1, followed by Liverpool (now 26.004), Newcastle United (now 26.015), Southampton (now 26.111), Arsenal (now 26.217), and Manchester United (now 26.238). Everton are still oldest at 29.021, barely edging Manchester City (now 29.015), followed by Crystal Palace (now 28.4), Queens Park Rangers (now 28.3), Sunderland (now 27.9) and Leicester City (now 27.8). The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased to 96 from 93 last week.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Burnley (27.3->27.5) – Return of Sam Vokes (25.2, ACL); Continued injuries to Michael Duff (37.0, Calf/shin), Matthew Taylor (33.1, Calf/shin) and Stephen Ward (29.4, Ankle/foot).
- Everton (27.2->27.3) – Return of Kevin Mirallas (27.2, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Christian Atsu (23.0, Hamstring), Darron Gibson (27.2, Knee), Tony Hibbert (33.9, Muscular), James McCarthy (24.1, Hamstring), Leon Osman (33.6, Calf/shin); New injuries to Tim Howard (35.8, Calf/shin), Phil Jagielka (32.4, Ankle/foot), Steven Pienaar (32.8, Knee) and John Stones (20.6, Ankle/foot).
Only significant decrease to injury age is:
- Hull City (29.3->29.1) – Return of Alex Bruce (30.2, Knock), Curtis Davies (29.8, Knock) and Steve Harper (39.8, Arm/elbow); Continued injuries to Michael Dawson (31.1, Hamstring), Mohamed Diamé (27.5, Knee) and Robert Snodgrass (27.3, Knee); New injuries to Gastón Ramírez (24.1, Groin/pelvis), Andrew Robertson (20.8, Hamstring) and Liam Rosenior (30.5, 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 29 December, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 13.23 BT on 31 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.