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

Coming back from the International break: Tottenham are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.7, followed by Newcastle United (25.7), Liverpool (25.8), Manchester United (now 26.3), West Ham United (26.5) and Aston Villa (26.7). West Bromwich Albion remain oldest at 29.2, followed by Manchester City (28.5), Bournemouth (28.4), Watford (28.3), Norwich City (28.1) and Sunderland (now 28.0).

The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased to 84 from 97 last week. Newcastle United continue to lead the number of injured players with 10 and are still the Injury League leaders, now with a total of 142 man-weeks for the season – 26 points clear of 2nd place Everton.

Significant increases to injury age are:

  • Manchester United (24.6->24.9) – Return of Patrick McNair (20.6, Ab Strain) and Chris Smalling (26.0, Knock); Continued injuries to Michael Carrick (34.3, Ankle/foot), Marouane Fellaini (28.0, Calf/shin), Anthony Martial (20.0, Ankle/foot), Luke Shaw (20.4, Broken leg), Antonio Valencia (30.3, Ankle/foot) and James Wilson (20.0, Knee); New injuries to Ander Herrera (26.3, Hamstring), Phil Jones (23.8, Ankle/foot) and Wayne Rooney (30.1, Illness).
  • Chelsea (26.3->26.4) – Return of Eden Hazard (24.9, Illness) and Kurt Zouma (21.1, Knock); Continued injuries to Thibaut Courtois (23.5, Knee) and Radamel Falcao (29.8, Muscular); New injuries to Ramires (28.7, Knock) and John Terry (35.0, Knock).

Only one team with significant decreases to injury age:

  • Arsenal (27.7->27.5) – Return of Héctor Bellerín (20.7, Groin strain) and Aaron Ramsey (24.9, Hamstring); Continued injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (22.3, Hamstring), Tomáš Rosický (35.1, Knee), Theo Walcott (26.7, Calf strain), Danny Welbeck (25.0, Knee) and Jack Wilshere (23.9, Calf/shin); New injuries to Mikel Arteta (33.7, Calf strain) and Francis Coquelin (24.5, MCL).

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 23 Nov, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 23.23 GMT on 24 Nov.

Injury League - Injury Age Graph for 25th Nov 15* Note: West Bromwich Albion still have an injury age average (31.6), which is still outside the chart range and therefore not represented on the chart above.
Injury League - Injury Age Table for 25th Nov 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?