Tottenham remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 25.0, followed by Liverpool (now 25.4), Newcastle United (now 25.9), Aston Villa (now 26.1), Manchester United (26.3) and West Ham United (now 26.4). West Bromwich Albion are still the oldest side at 29.6, followed by Manchester City (now 28.639), Watford (28.623), Norwich City (now 28.1), Sunderland (now 28.0) and Bournemouth (27.7).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased to 75 from 61 last week. Everton lead the number of injured players with 8 this week and still lead the Injury League with total of 35 man-weeks so far this season.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Stoke City (28.6->29.1) – Continued injuries to Peter Odemwingie (34.1, Hamstring) and Ryan Shawcross (27.9, Back); New injury to Glen Johnson (31.0, Groin/pelvis).
- West Ham United (26.4->26.7) – Return of Reece Oxford (16.7, Knock); Continued injuries to Andy Carroll (26.7, MCL), Joey O’Brien (29.5, Hamstring), Enner Valencia (26.4, Knee) and Mauro Zárate (28.5, Hamstring).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- West Bromwich Albion (33.5->32.3) – Continued injury to Ben Foster (32.4, ACL); New injuries to Chris Brunt (30.7, Hamstring) and James Chester (26.6, Hamstring).
- Leicester City (27.8->26.8) – Continued injury to Matthew James (24.1, ACL); New injury to Riyad Mahrez (24.5, Back).
- Sunderland (30.4->29.8) – Return of Billy Jones (28.4, Knock) and Jeremain Lens (27.8, Knee); Continued injuries to Jordi Gómez (30.3, Knee), Adam Johnson (28.1, Shoulder) and Younès Kaboul (29.7, Knee); New injury to Adam Matthews (23.6, Ankle/foot).
- Manchester Utd (25.8->25.4) – 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 30 Aug, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 09.40 BST on 02 Sep.
* Note: West Bromwich Albion have an injury age average (32.3) well outside the chart range and are therefore not represented on the chart above.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here, as well as in the sidebar.