Tottenham are still by far the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.1, followed by Liverpool (now 25.991), Newcastle United (now 25.998), Southampton (now 26.046), Arsenal (now 26.247), and Manchester United (now 26.270). Manchester City (now 29.015) eclipsed Everton (now 28.968) as oldest, followed by Queens Park Rangers (now 28.4), Crystal Palace (now 28.3), Sunderland (27.9) and Leicester City (27.8).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased to 101 from 96 last week. This is led by Newcastle United with 14 players listed as injured. Next closest are Everton, Hull City and Manchester United with “only” 8.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Everton (27.3->27.6) – Return of Christian Atsu (23.0, Hamstring), Phil Jagielka (32.4, Ankle/foot) and John Stones (20.6, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Darron Gibson (27.2, Knee), Tony Hibbert (33.9, Muscular), Tim Howard (35.8, Calf/shin), James McCarthy (24.2, Hamstring), Leon Osman (33.6, Calf/shin) and Steven Pienaar (32.8, Knee); New injuries to Leighton Baines (30.1, Muscular) and Sylvain Distin (37.1, Hamstring).
- Burnley (27.5->27.7) – Continued injuries to Michael Duff (37.0, Calf/shin), Matthew Taylor (33.1, Calf/shin) and Stephen Ward (29.4, Ankle/foot); New injuries to Kevin Long (24.4, ACL) and Jason Shackell (31.4, Calf/shin).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- Hull City (29.1->28.9) – Continued injuries to Michael Dawson (31.1, Hamstring), Mohamed Diamé (27.6, Knee), Gastón Ramírez (24.1, Groin/pelvis), Andrew Robertson (20.8, Hamstring), Liam Rosenior (30.5, Calf/shin) and Robert Snodgrass (27.3, Knee); New injuries to James Chester (26.0, Knee) and Nikica Jelavić (29.4, Illness).
- Leicester City (30.4->30.3) – Return of Leonardo Ulloa (28.4, Fatigue); Continued injuries to Andy King (26.2, Hip/thigh), Kasper Schmeichel (28.2, Metatarsal) and Matthew Upson (35.7, Ankle/foot); New injuries to Esteban Cambiasso (34.4, Hip/thigh), Danny Drinkwater (24.8, Groin/pelvis), Dean Hammond (31.8, Calf/shin) and Jeff Schlupp (22.0, Knee).
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 01 January, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 22.12 BT on 06 January.
* Note: Southampton have an injury age average (22.8) 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.