Tottenham are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League, now at 24.9, followed by Liverpool (25.4), Newcastle United (25.9), Aston Villa (26.1), Manchester United (26.3) and West Ham United (26.4). West Bromwich Albion remain the oldest side, now at 29.5, followed by Manchester City (now 28.7), Watford (28.6), Sunderland (now 28.1), Norwich City (now 28.0) and Bournemouth (now 27.6).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased slightly to 74 from 78 last week. Everton lead the number of injured players with 8 this week and still lead the Injury League with total of 50 man-weeks so far this season.
Only one side with a significant increase to injury age:
- Chelsea (24.7->25.1) – Return of Victor Moses (24.7, Knock – now with West Ham United) and Oscar (24.0, Muscular); New injuries to Thibaut Courtois (23.3, Knee) and Radamel Falcao (29.6, Knee).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- Manchester United (26.3->25.8) – Return of Michael Carrick (34.1, Calf/shin); Continued injury to Phil Jones (23.5, Illness); New injuries to Wayne Rooney (29.9, Hamstring) and Luke Shaw (20.2, Broken leg from that horrendous tackle last night).
- Tottenham (25.5->25) – Return of Andros Townsend (24.2, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Mousa Dembélé (28.2, Ankle/foot) and Christian Eriksen (23.6, Knee); New injuries to Nabil Bentaleb (20.8, Ankle/foot), Ryan Mason (24.3, Knee) and Clinton N’Jie (22.1, Muscular).
- Sunderland (29.4->29.1) – Return of Jordi Gómez (30.3, Knee) and Younès Kaboul (29.7, Knee); Continued injuries to Adam Johnson (28.2, Shoulder) and Adam Matthews (23.7, Ankle/foot); New injury to Steven Fletcher (28.5, Knock).
- Crystal Palace (29.9->29.6) – Return of Fraizer Campbell (28.0, Hamstring), Mile Jedinak (31.1, Hamstring) and Julián Speroni (36.3, Hand); Continued injuries to Kwesi Appiah (25.1, ACL), Marouane Chamakh (31.7, Hamstring) and Joe Ledley (28.6, Hamstring); New injuries to Damien Delaney (34.2, Knock), Joel Ward (25.9, Knee) and Connor Wickham (22.5, Knock).
- West Bromwich Albion (31.8->31.5) – Return of James Chester (26.6, Hamstring); Continued injury to Ben Foster (32.5, ACL); New injury to Jonny Evans (27.7, Knock).
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 14 Sep, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 10.49 BST on 16 Sep.
* Note: West Bromwich Albion have an injury age average (31.5) 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.