Tottenham are still the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.8, followed by Liverpool (25.85), Newcastle United (25.93), Manchester United (26.2), West Ham United (now 26.7) and Aston Villa (26.8). West Bromwich Albion remain the oldest side at 29.4, followed by Manchester City (28.5), Bournemouth (28.3), Watford (28.2), Norwich City (27.9) and Sunderland (27.8).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table increased slightly to 96 from 92 last week. Newcastle United continue to lead the number of injured players, again with 10 this week. As such, they are still the Injury League leaders with a total of 181 man-weeks for the season.
Only one significant increase to injury age and no decreases:
- Swansea City (26.2->26.9) – Return of Jonjo Shelvey (23.8, Calf strain); Continued injuries to Éder (28.0, Ankle/foot) and Franck Tabanou (26.9, Hip/thigh); New injuries to Àngel Rangel (33.2, Ankle/foot) and Wayne Routledge (31.0, 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 21 Dec, with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 10.07 GMT on 23 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.