Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 22

Tottenham remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.1, followed by Liverpool (now 25.9), Newcastle United (now 26.011), Southampton (now 26.105), Arsenal (now 26.253), and Manchester United (now 26.283). Manchester City (now 29.024) are still oldest, followed by Everton (now 28.842), Queens Park Rangers (28.4), Crystal Palace (28.3), Sunderland (27.9) and Leicester City (27.8).

The number of injured players on the Injury League Table sharply decreased to 86 from 101 last week. Newcastle United still lead the number of injured players with 10, down from 14 last week. Newcastle also continues to lead the Injury League with total of 205 man-weeks for the season.

Significant increases to injury age are:

  • Everton (27.6->27.8) – Return of Leighton Baines (30.1, Muscular); Continued injuries to Sylvain Distin (37.1, Hamstring), Darron Gibson (27.2, Knee), Tony Hibbert (33.9, Muscular), Tim Howard (35.9, Calf/shin), James McCarthy (24.2, Hamstring), Leon Osman (33.7, Calf/shin) and Steven Pienaar (32.8, Knee).
  • Liverpool (24.7->24.9) – Continued injuries to Joe Allen (24.8, Knee), Jon Flanagan (22.0, Knee), Glen Johnson (30.4, Groin), Brad Jones (32.8, Hip/thigh), Adam Lallana (26.7, Hip/thigh) and Daniel Sturridge (25.4, Hip/thigh); New injury to Steven Gerrard (34.6, Hamstring).

The only significant decrease to injury age is:

  • Hull City (28.9->28.6) – Return of James Chester (26.0, Knee) and Michael Dawson (31.1, Hamstring); Continued injuries to Mohamed Diamé (27.6, Knee), Nikica Jelavić (29.4, Illness), Gastón Ramírez (24.1, Groin/pelvis), Andrew Robertson (20.8, Hamstring), Liam Rosenior (30.5, Calf/shin) and Robert Snodgrass (27.4, Knee); New injuries to Aluko, Sone (25.9, Calf/shin) and Abel Hernández (24.4, Groin).

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 11 January, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 00.20 BT on 14 January.

Injury Age Graph-150114* 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.
Injury Age Table-150114The 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?