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Fantasy football: Injured players to avoid picking at the start of the season

We’re totally ready for the upcoming Premier League and fantasy football season.

But sadly, that’s not the case for everyone.

You see, it looks like there’s a host of Dream Team favourites injured at the moment, and likely to miss the start of the season when it kicks off on August 10.


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Injured players, you say?

Don’t worry, we’ve looked at seven players you should definitely avoid picking at the start of the season.

We haven’t included the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, as it’s common knowledge that these two will miss a lengthy chunk of the campaign.

So who else is there?

7 Glenn Murray – £3.0m

Murray finished the season a firm fantasy football favourite

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Murray finished the season a firm fantasy football favourite

He was a big Dream Team favourite last season after finishing Brighton’s campaign with 103 fantasy football points and 12 goals.

In fact, he was even rumoured to be on Gareth Southgate’s radar for England’s World Cup squad.

But you might want to hold off picking him straight away, as it seems he’s carrying a bit of an ankle injury.

6 Theo Walcott – £3.0m

Walcott always manages to score decent points on fantasy football

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Walcott always manages to score decent points on fantasy football

Despite never really fulfilling his awesome potential as a teenager, Walcott has always been a fantasy football favourite (when he’s not injured, that is).

Last season he finished up with 113 points, comfortably ending up as Everton’s best points-scorer (although a good chunk of that came in the first half of the season, with Arsenal).

Hold off picking him for the time being though, as it looks like he’s currently carrying an ankle/foot injury, which is being assessed.

5 Winston Reid – £2.0m

Reid is often considered a very good bargain option

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Reid is often considered a very good bargain option

West Ham have signed a lot of players this summer, which is just as well really as new manager Manuel Pellegrini is missing a host of regulars through injury.

Manuel Lanzini is already out until 2019 after suffering an injury ahead of the World Cup, and it looks like Andy Carroll is injured as usual and will miss the start of the season.

Joining Carroll in the physio room is Reid, who reportedly aggravated an old injury during the final stages of West Ham’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland.

4 Danilo – £3.0m

Danilo played more than we expected last season, and did very well

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Danilo played more than we expected last season, and did very well

He wasn’t always a starter during Man City’s title-winning campaign, but he proved to be a useful squad player for Pep Guardiola as they suffered injuries in the full-back positions.

Starting 23 times and playing 33 times overall, the Brazilian notched three goals and three assists to earn himself a spot at the World Cup.

He played Brazil’s opener against Switzerland, before injury ruled him out for the rest of the tournament and makes him a doubt for the start of the season.

3 Antonio Valencia – £4.0m

It looks like we’ll be without one of our fantasy football favourites

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It looks like we’ll be without one of our fantasy football favourites

A very popular player on Dream Team last season, Valencia has been widely accepted by fans in his new role as a right wing-back.

Unfortunately, it looks like his start to the new season will be somewhat dislodged, after he was substituted off during Man United’s pre-season friendly clash with San Jose Earthquakes, with what looks like a calf injury.

That leaves Matteo Darmian as the club’s only fit right-back for the new season.

2 Christian Benteke – £2.5m

Benteke seemingly injured himself during pre-season

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Benteke seemingly injured himself during pre-season

He hasn’t exactly impressed since his Aston Villa says, but Benteke has always proven to be a fairly popular choice for fantasy football managers.

He took home a measly 58 points last season, so we’re not really sure who’d be picking him this season.

Even so, he looked impressive during pre-season, scoring in the first half in their win over Swedish side Halmstad, before limping off with a suspected ankle injury.

1 Benjamin Mendy – £4.0m

Still injured?

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Still injured?

It’s been quite a year for Mendy.

He became one of the most expensive defenders of all-time, won the Premier League and then the World Cup with France, despite only playing a handful of minutes all season.

Having missed the majority of City’s campaign, he made three appearances towards the end of their season; coming off the bench each time.

He also played a couple of friendlies for France, and even got some minutes in their group stage stalemate against Denmark, before injuring himself again training ahead of their last-16 clash.

We reckon it might be best to avoid this guy for the time being.


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