Tottenham remain youngest in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.8, followed by Liverpool (25.89), Newcastle United (now 25.91), Manchester United (now 26.2), West Ham United (now 26.6) and Aston Villa (now 26.8). West Bromwich Albion are still oldest at 29.4, followed by Manchester City (28.5), Bournemouth (28.3), Watford (28.2), Norwich City (now 27.9) and Sunderland (27.8).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased slightly to 92 from 95 last week. Newcastle United continue to lead the number of injured players with 10 and are still the Injury League leaders, pulling away from Everton with a total of 171 man-weeks for the season.
Only one team with a significant increase to injury age and no decreases:
- Stoke City (29.8->30) – Return of Peter Odemwingie (34.4, Hamstring); Continued injuries to Peter Crouch (34.9, Hamstring) and Shay Given (39.7, Knee); New injuries to Geoff Cameron (30.4, Hamstring) and Xherdan Shaqiri (24.2, Illness).
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 14 Dec, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 22.57 BST on 15 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.