Injury League vs Age of Teams 15/16 – Week 8

Tottenham are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League, now at 24.7, followed by Liverpool (now 25.6), Newcastle United (25.7), Manchester United (26.293), West Ham United (26.326) and Aston Villa (now 26.4). West Bromwich Albion remain the oldest now at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (now 28.7), Watford (28.5), Norwich City (28.076), Bournemouth (now 28.055) and Sunderland (28.047).

The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased slightly to 78 from 74 last week. Newcastle United lead the number of injured players with 12 this week, yet Everton still lead the Injury League with total of 65 man-weeks for the season.

Significant increases to injury age are:

  • West Bromwich Albion (31.6->31.9) – Continued injury to Ben Foster (32.5, ACL); New injury to Gareth McAuley (35.8, Calf/shin).
  • Arsenal (27.6->27.9) – Return of Francis Coquelin (24.4,Knee); Continued injuries to Tomáš Rosický (35.0, Knee), Danny Welbeck (24.8, Knee) and Jack Wilshere (23.7, Calf/shin); New injuries to Mikel Arteta (33.5, Muscular) and Mathieu Flamini (31.6, Hamstring).
  • Aston Villa (24->24.2) – Return of Idrissa Gueye (26.0, Hamstring) and Adama Traoré (19.7,Calf/shin); Continued injuries to Gabriel Agbonlahor (29.0, Calf/shin), José Ángel Crespo (28.6, Groin/pelvis), Gary Gardner (23.3, Ankle/foot) and Jores Okore (23.1, Knee).

Significant decreases to injury age are:

  • Sunderland (28.9->28.5) – Continued injury to Adam Matthews (23.7, Ankle/foot); New injury to Jack Rodwell (24.6, Ankle/foot).
  • Stoke City (29.3->29) – Return of Mame Biram Diouf (27.8, Hamstring); Continued injury to Ryan Shawcross (28.0, Back); New injuries to Xherdan Shaqiri (24.0, Hamstring) and Marc Wilson (28.1, Calf/shin).

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 28 Sep, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 08.23 BST on 30 Sep.

Injury League - Injury Age Graph for 30th Sep 15* Note: West Bromwich Albion have an injury age average (31.9), still outside the chart range and are therefore not represented on the chart above.
Injury League - Injury Age Table for 30th Sep 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?