No change to team ages due to the International break: Tottenham are still the youngest in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.6, followed by Newcastle United (25.6895), Liverpool (25.6905), West Ham United (26.4), Aston Villa (26.381) and Manchester United (26.429). West Bromwich Albion remain the oldest at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (28.6), Watford (28.4), Bournemouth (28.201), Norwich City (28.167) and Sunderland (28.0).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased slightly to 99 from 95 last week. Newcastle United lead the number of injured players with 13, adding Tim Krul to the roles this week. Newcastle also pass Everton for the Injury League lead, with total of 84 man-weeks for the season.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Manchester United (25.1->25.5) – Continued injuries to Ander Herrera (26.2, Knock), Marcos Rojo (25.6, Hamstring), Wayne Rooney (30.0, Ankle/foot) and Luke Shaw (20.3, Broken leg); New injuries to Michael Carrick (34.2, Groin/pelvis), Patrick McNair (34.2, Ab Strain) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (31.2, Groin).
- Chelsea (25->25.3) – Return of Willian Da Silva (27.2, Illness); Continued injury to Thibaut Courtois (23.4, Knee); New injury to Branislav Ivanović (31.6, Hamstring).
- Stoke City (28.8->29) – Return of Xherdan Shaqiri (24.0, Hamstring) and Marc Wilson (28.1, Calf/shin); Continued injuries to Mame Biram Diouf (27.8, Hip/thigh) and Ryan Shawcross (28.0, Back); New injury to Shay Given (39.5, Knee).
- Arsenal (28.2->28.4) – Continued injuries to Mikel Arteta (33.6, Thigh strain), Mathieu Flamini (31.6, Hamstring), Laurent Koscielny (30.1, Hamstring), Tomáš Rosický (35.0, Knee), Danny Welbeck (24.9, Knee) and Jack Wilshere (23.8, Calf/shin).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- West Bromwich Albion (31.8->31.6) – Return of Darren Fletcher (31.7, Knock) and Gareth McAuley (35.8, Calf/shin); Continued injuries to Jonny Evans (27.8, Hamstring), Ben Foster (32.5, ACL), James Morrison (29.4, Ankle/foot) and Jonas Olsson (32.6, Groin/pelvis).
- Liverpool (24.9->24.7) – Return of Danny Ings (23.2, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Philippe Coutinho (23.3, Groin/pelvis), Roberto Firmino (24.0, Back), Jon Flanagan (22.8, Knee), Jordan Henderson (25.3, Metatarsal) and Dejan Lovren (26.3, Ankle/foot); New injury to Joseph Gomez (18.4, Knee).
- Tottenham (24.3->24.2) – Continued injuries to Nabil Bentaleb (20.9, Ankle/foot), Ryan Mason (24.3, Knee) and Alex Pritchard (22.4, Ankle/foot), Danny Rose (25.3, Thumb/wrist) and Heung-min Son (23.3, Ankle/foot).
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 04 Oct, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 09.53 BST on 14 Oct.
* Note: West Bromwich Albion have an injury age average (31.6), still 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.