Injury League vs Age of Teams – Week 25

Tottenham remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.1, followed by Liverpool (now 25.8), Newcastle United (26.0), Southampton (26.1), Manchester United (now 26.263) – who are now younger than Arsenal (now 26.291). Manchester City (now 29.1) are still oldest, followed by Everton (now 28.6), Queens Park Rangers (now 28.5), Crystal Palace (28.3), Sunderland (28.0), West Bromwich Albion (27.879) and Leicester City (now 27.903).

The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased to 76 from 87 last week. Southampton lead the number of injured players with 8. Newcastle continue to lead the Injury League with total of 228 man-weeks for the season.

There were no significant increases to injury age, and only one decrease: Leicester City (30.2->30) – Return of Dean Hammond (31.9, Claf/shin) and Matthew Upson (35.8, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Liam Moore (22.0, Ankle/foot), Kasper Schmeichel (28.2, Metatarsal) and Chris Wood (23.2, Ankle/foot).

Not a trend (not even scientific), but quite coincidental for the past bunch of weeks: If you look perpendicular along the center line from youngest to oldest, there are clusters of red sides, then claret sides, morphing to red striped sides (with Hull, but except Southampton), morphing to blue striped sides (with Palace between them), then blue-ish sides (except Chelsea). It’s trippy Ripley’s – Just seemed to work out that way.

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 February, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 10.26 BT on 04 February.

Injury Age Graph-150204 Injury Age Table-150204The 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?