Tottenham are now by far the youngest in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.6, followed by Newcastle United (25.6895), Liverpool (now 25.6905), West Ham United (26.4), Aston Villa (26.381) and Manchester United (now 26.429). West Bromwich Albion are still oldest at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (now 28.6), Watford (now 28.4), Bournemouth (now 28.201), Norwich City (now 28.167) and Sunderland (28.0).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased sharply to 95 from 78 last week. Newcastle United lead the number of injured players with 12 again this week – replacing 3 returnees with 3 new injured players. Everton still lead the Injury League, albeit now by a small, one-point margin, with total of 72 man-weeks for the season.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Arsenal (27.9->28.2) – Continued injuries to Mikel Arteta (33.5, Thigh strain), Mathieu Flamini (31.6, Hamstring), Tomáš Rosický (35.0, Knee), Danny Welbeck (24.9, Knee) and Jack Wilshere (23.8, Calf/shin); New injury to Laurent Koscielny (30.1, Hamstring).
- Norwich City (28->28.2) – Continued injuries to Gary Hooper (27.7, Ankle/foot) and Youssouf Mulumbu (28.7, Metatarsal); New injuries to Lewis Grabban (27.7, Ankle/foot) and Wesley Hoolahan (33.4, Ankle/foot).
Significant decreases to injury age are:
- Stoke City (29->28.8) – Continued injuries to Xherdan Shaqiri (24.0, Hamstring), Ryan Shawcross (28.0, Back) and Marc Wilson (28.1, Calf/shin); New injury to Mame Biram Diouf (27.8, Hip/thigh).
- Tottenham (24.6->24.3) – Return of Mousa Dembélé (28.2, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Nabil Bentaleb (20.9, Ankle/foot), Ryan Mason (24.3, Knee) and Alex Pritchard (22.4, Ankle/foot); New injuries to Danny Rose (25.3, Thumb/wrist) and Heung-min Son (23.2, Ankle/foot).
- Newcastle United (26->25.8) – Return of Papiss Demba Cissé (30.3, Back), Siem De Jong (26.7, Head) and Cheick Tioté (29.3, Knee); Continued injuries to Rolando Aarons (19.9, Calf/shin), Jack Colback (26.0, Hamstring), Karl Darlow (25.0, Ankle/foot), Paul Dummett (24.0, Hamstring), Curtis Good (22.5, Hip/thigh), Massadio Haïdara (22.8, Knee), Sylvain Marveaux (29.5, Groin), Emmanuel Rivière (25.6, Knee) and Steven Taylor (29.7, Hamstring); New injuries to Daryl Janmaat (26.2, Knee), Kevin Mbabu (20.5, Hamstring) and Gabriel Obertan (26.6, Hamstring).
- Swansea City (25->24.9) – New injury to Jonjo Shelvey (23.6, Knock) – their first logged injury in the past four weeks.
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 21.55 BST on 06 Oct.
* Note: West Bromwich Albion have an injury age average (31.8), 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.