Tottenham are still youngest in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.7, followed by Newcastle United (now 25.6), Liverpool (now 25.8), Manchester United (26.357), West Ham United (26.447) and Aston Villa (now 26.5). West Bromwich Albion remain oldest at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (28.5), Bournemouth (now 28.4), Watford (28.3), Norwich City (now 28.1) and Sunderland (28.0).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased slightly to 81 from 84 last week. Both Arsenal and Newcastle United lead the number of injured players with 8 this week. Newcastle remain the Injury League leaders, with a total of 101 man-weeks for the season.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Swansea City (25->25.6) – New injury to Wayne Routledge (30.8, Calf/shin).
- Chelsea (25.8->26.1) – Return of Loïc Rémy (28.8, Knock); Continued injuries to Thibaut Courtois (23.5, Knee), Branislav Ivanović (31.7, Hamstring) and Pedro Rodriguez (28.3, Knock); New injury to Diego Costa (27.1, Rib).
- Everton (28.3->28.5) – Return of Tom Cleverley (26.2, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Leighton Baines (30.9, Ankle/foot), Muhamed Bešić (23.1, Hamstring), Tony Hibbert (34.7, Knee) and Steven Pienaar (33.6, Hamstring); New injury to Phil Jagielka (33.2, MCL).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- Stoke City (29.3->29.1) – Return of Mame Biram Diouf (27.8, Hip/thigh), Shay Given (39.5, Knee), Ryan Shawcross (28.0, Back) and Jonathan Walters (32.1, Knee); New injuries to Geoff Cameron (30.3, Hip/thigh), Bojan Krkić (25.2, Ankle/foot), Marc Muniesa (23.6, Hamstring).
- Crystal Palace (29->28.8) – Continued injuries to Kwesi Appiah (25.2, ACL), Marouane Chamakh (31.8, Hamstring), Joel Ward (26.0, Knee) and Connor Wickham (22.6, Rib); New injury to Pape Souaré (25.4, Knock) .
- Liverpool (24.5->24.3) – Return of Roberto Firmino (24.1, Back) and Dejan Lovren (26.3, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Christian Benteke (24.9, Hamstring), Jon Flanagan (22.8, Knee), Joseph Gomez (18.4, Knee), Jordan Henderson (25.4, Metatarsal), Danny Ings (23.3, ACL), Jordan Rossiter (18.6, Hamstring) and Daniel Sturridge (26.2, Knee).
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 25 Oct, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 22.36 BST on 27 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.