Injury League vs Age of Teams 15/16 – Week 3

Tottenham are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League now at 25.0, followed by Liverpool (25.3), Aston Villa (now 25.8), Newcastle United (now 26.0), Manchester United (now 26.3) and West Ham United (now 26.5). West Bromwich Albion remain oldest now at 29.4, followed by Manchester City (28.7), Watford (now 28.6), Norwich City (28.3), Sunderland (27.8) and Bournemouth (27.7).

The number of injured players on the Injury League Table is unchanged at 61 from last week. Crystal Palace and  Southampton both lead the number of injured players with 6 this week. Everton continue to lead the Injury League with total of 27 man-weeks so far this season.

Significant increases to injury age are:

  • Arsenal (27->27.6) – Continued injuries to Tomáš Rosický (34.9, Knee), Danny Welbeck (24.7, Knee) and Jack Wilshere (23.6, Calf/shin); New injuries to Laurent Koscielny (30.0, Back) and Per Mertesacker (30.9, Illness).
  • Stoke City (28.1->28.6) – Return of Marc Wilson (28.0, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Peter Odemwingie (34.1, Hamstring) and Ryan Shawcross (27.9, Back).

Significant decreases to injury age are:

  • Sunderland (31.3->30.4) – Return of Wes Brown (35.8, Knee) and Danny Graham (30.0, Knock); Continued injuries to Jordi Gómez (30.3, Knee) and Adam Johnson (28.1, Shoulder); New injuries to Billy Jones (28.4, Knock), Younès Kaboul (29.6, Knee) and Jeremain Lens (27.8, Knee).
  • Leicester City (28.8->27.8) – Return of Mark Schwarzer (42.9, Illness); Continued injury to Matthew James (24.1, ACL).
  • Tottenham (26.4->25.7) – New injuries to Christian Eriksen (23.5, Knee) and Andros Townsend (24.1, Ankle/foot).
  • Chelsea (25.8->25) – Continued injury to Victor Moses (24.7, Knock); New injury to Oscar (24.0, Muscular).
  • Manchester United (26.4->25.8) – Continued injury to Phil Jones (23.5, Illness).

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 24 Aug, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 10.22 BST on 26 Aug.

Injury League - Injury Age Graph for 26th Aug 15* Note: West Bromwich Albion have an injury age average (33.5) well outside the chart range and are therefore not represented on the chart above.

Injury League - Injury Age Table for 26th 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?