Injury League vs Age of Teams 15/16 – Week 1

Tottenham return this season as the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.1, followed by Liverpool (25.3), Aston Villa (26.0), Newcastle United (26.3), West Ham United (26.5), and Manchester United (26.8). West Bromwich Albion are oldest at 29.0, followed by Manchester City (28.693), Watford (28.675), Norwich City (28.5), Arsenal (28.2), and Stoke City (28.0).

The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased slightly to 67 from 68 last week. Everton lead the number of injured players with 8 and also lead the Injury League with total of 17 man-weeks for the early season.

Significant increases to injury age are:

  • Sunderland (30.1->31.6) – Return of Danny Graham (30.0, Knock); Continued injury to Jordi Gómez (30.2, Knee); New injury to Wes Brown (35.8, Knee).
  • Swansea City (23.4->24.4) – Continued injury to Jordi Amat (23.4, Ankle/foot); New injury to Ki Sung-yueng (26.5, Hamstring).
  • Everton (26.7->27.6) – Return of Romelu Lukaku (22.2, Hamstring) and John Stones (21.2, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Muhamed Bešić (22.9, Hamstring), Gerard Deulofeu (21.4, Hamstring), Darron Gibson (27.8, Ankle/foot), Tony Hibbert (34.5, Knee), Aiden McGeady (29.4, Hamstring), Kevin Mirallas (27.9, Ankle/foot) and Steven Pienaar (33.4, Hamstring); New injury to Leighton Baines (30.7, Ankle/foot).

Significant decreases to injury age are:

  • Manchester United (29.2->27.3) – Return of Javier Hernández (27.2, Collar bone) and Anders Lindegaard (31.3, Muscular); New injury to Phil Jones (23.5, Illness).
  • Bournemouth (27.6->26.5) – Return of Yann Kermorgant (33.7, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Harry Arter (25.6, Hip/thigh) and Christian Atsu (23.6, Back); New injury to Shaun MacDonald (27.2, Ankle/foot).
  • Arsenal (27.7->26.7) – Continued injuries to Tomáš Rosický (34.9, Knee), Danny Welbeck (24.7, Knee) and Jack Wilshere (23.6, Calf/shin); New injury to Héctor Bellerín (20.4, Hip/thigh).
  • Watford (29.5->28.7) – Return of Miguel Britos (30.1, Muscular); Continued injuries to Almen Abdi (28.8, Knee), Lloyd Doyley (32.7, Neck) and Joel Ekstrand (26.5, ACL); New injury to Steven Berghuis (23.6, Muscular).

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 10 Aug, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 09.28 BST on 12 Aug.

Injury League - Injury Age Graph for 12th Aug 15* Note: West Bromwich Albion have an injury age average well outside the chart range (34.0) and are therefore not represented on the chart above.
Injury League - Injury Age Table for 12th Aug 15The 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?