Tottenham remain the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League at 24.8, followed by Liverpool (now 25.8), Newcastle United (25.9), Manchester United (now 26.3), West Ham United (26.7) and Aston Villa (26.8). West Bromwich Albion are still the oldest side, now at 29.5, followed by Manchester City (28.5), Watford (now 28.3), who swapped places with Bournemouth (now 28.2), Norwich City (27.9) and Sunderland (27.8).
The number of injured players on the Injury League Table decreased slightly to 92 from 96 last week. Newcastle United continue to lead the number of injured players with 11 this week and continue to be the commanding Injury League leaders, with a total of 192 man-weeks for the season.
Significant increases to injury age are:
- Swansea City (26.9->27.2) – Return of Àngel Rangel (33.2, Ankle/foot); Continued injuries to Éder (28.0, Ankle/foot), Wayne Routledge (31.0, Knee) and Franck Tabanou (26.9, Hip/thigh); New injury to Federico Fernández (26.9, Ankle/foot).
- Chelsea (27->27.2) – Return of Eden Hazard (25.0, Hip/thigh); Continued injury to Radamel Falcao (29.9, ); New injuries to Gary Cahill (30.0, Ankle/foot), Cesc Fàbregas (28.7, Illness) and Loïc Rémy (29.0, Calf/shin).
There are no significant 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 29 Dec (excluding the Sunderland/Liverpool match), with injuries reported via The Physio Room thru 10.08 GMT on 30 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.