Tottenham remain youngest in the Barclay’s Premier League, now at 24.7, followed by Newcastle United (25.696), Liverpool (25.725), Manchester United (now 26.371), West Ham United (26.389), and Aston Villa (26.428). West Bromwich Albion are still oldest at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (now 28.5), Watford (now 28.309), Bournemouth (now 28.250), Norwich City (28.2) and Sunderland (28.0).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased to 84 from 99 last week. Both Liverpool and Newcastle United lead the number of injured players with 9 this week. Newcastle distanced themselves as the Injury League leader, with total of 93 man-weeks for the season, 10 more than Everton.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Chelsea (25.3->25.8) – Continued injuries to Thibaut Courtois (23.4, Knee) and Branislav Ivanović (31.7, Hamstring); New injuries to Pedro Rodriguez (28.2, Knock) and Loïc Rémy (28.8, Knock).
- Stoke City (29->29.3) – Continued injuries to Mame Biram Diouf (27.8, Hip/thigh), Shay Given (39.5, Knee) and Ryan Shawcross (28.0, Back); New injury to Jonathan Walters (32.1, Knee).
- Southampton (25.9->26.1) – Return of Jordy Clasie (24.3, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Fraser Forster (27.6, Knee), Shane Long (28.7, Ankle/foot) and Florin Gardoș (27.0, Knee); New injury to Maarten Stekelenburg (33.1, Back).
- Bournemouth (25.9->26.1) – Continued injuries to Harry Arter (25.8, Hip/thigh), Tommy Elphick (28.1, Ankle/foot), Max Gradel (27.9, ACL), Tyrone Mings (22.6, Knee) and Callum Wilson (23.6, ACL); New injury to Artur Boruc (35.7, Hip/thigh).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- Sunderland (28.3->27.9) – Return of Younès Kaboul (29.8, Knee); Continued injury to Adam Matthews (23.8, Ankle/foot); New injuries to Jack Rodwell (24.6, Ankle/foot), Ola Toivonen (29.3, Groin/pelvis) and Duncan Watmore (21.6, Hamstring).
- Manchester United (25.5->25.2) – Return of Michael Carrick (34.2, Groin/pelvis), Ander Herrera (26.2, Knock), Marcos Rojo (25.6, Hamstring), Wayne Rooney (30.0, Ankle/foot) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (31.2, Groin); Continued injuries to Patrick McNair (34.2, Ab Strain) and Luke Shaw (20.3, Broken leg); New injuries to James Wilson (19.9, Illness) and Ashley Young (30.3, Calf/shin).
- Liverpool (24.7->24.5) – Return of Philippe Coutinho (23.3, Groin/pelvis); Continued injuries to Roberto Firmino (24.1, Back), Jon Flanagan (22.8, Knee), Joseph Gomez (18.4, Knee), Jordan Henderson (25.3, Metatarsal) and Dejan Lovren (26.3, Ankle/foot); New injuries to Christian Benteke (24.9, Hamstring), Danny Ings (23.2, ACL), Jordan Rossiter (18.6, Hamstring) and Daniel Sturridge (26.1, Knee).
- Crystal Palace (29.1->29) – Return of Damien Delaney (34.2, Groin/pelvis) and Mile Jedinak (31.2, Hamstring); Continued injuries to Kwesi Appiah (25.2, ACL), Marouane Chamakh (31.8, Hamstring), Joel Ward (26.0, Knee) and Connor Wickham (22.6, Rib).
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 19 Oct, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 09.35 BST on 21 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.