Tottenham are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.8, followed by Newcastle United (now 25.85), Liverpool (25.87), Manchester United (now 26.6), West Ham United (26.5) and Aston Villa (26.7). West Bromwich Albion remain the oldest and getting older, now at 29.4, followed by Manchester City (now 28.5), Bournemouth (now 28.3), Watford (28.2), Norwich City (28.0) and Sunderland (27.8).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased slightly to 95 from 93 last week. Newcastle United continue to lead the number of injured players with 10 this week and are still the Injury League leaders, with a total of 161 man-weeks for the season.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Stoke City (29.5->29.8) – Return of Marc Muniesa (23.7, Hamstring); Continued injuries to Peter Crouch (34.9, Hamstring), Shay Given (39.6, Knee) and Peter Odemwingie (34.4, Hamstring).
- Chelsea (26.7->27) – Return of Thibaut Courtois (23.6, Knee); Continued injuries to Radamel Falcao (29.8, Muscular), Ramires (28.7, Knock) and John Terry (35.0, Knock).
- Sunderland (28.1->28.3) – Continued injuries to Jermain Defoe (33.2, Hamstring) and Sebastian Larsson (30.5, Knee); New injuries to Wes Brown (36.2, Knee) and Lee Cattermole (27.7, Back).
- Swansea City (26->26.2) – New injuries to Éder (28.0, Ankle/foot) and Franck Tabanou (26.9, Hip/thigh).
- Norwich City (28.1->28.2) – Return of Alexander Tettey (29.7, Hip/thigh); Continued injury to Matthew Jarvis (29.5, Knee); New injury to Wesley Hoolahan (33.6, Knee).
There are no decreases to injury age.
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 07 Dec, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 22.48 BST on 08 Dec.
* Note: West Bromwich Albion still have an injury age average (31.7), which remains outside the chart range and therefore not represented on the chart above.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here, as well as in the sidebar.