We’re not done with fantasy football just yet.
While the Premier League season is done and dusted, the English clubs have prolonged the Dream Team campaign thanks to their success in Europe.
The Champions League final will see Liverpool take on Spurs on June 1, but here we’re looking ahead to Wednesday’s Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea.
There’s a handful of big names who will definitely miss out on the fun in Azeibaijan, so listen up…
Perhaps the biggest story of the entire Europa League final is the absence of Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan, who pulled out from the Baku showpiece over safety concerns because of a dispute between his country and Azerbaijan.
It’s obviously a huge story and has sparked fresh concerns over UEFA’s decision to host the final in such a place. It’s also massively disappointing for Mkhitaryan, who’s been a mainstay in Arsenal’s starting line-up throughout their Europa League campaign.
From one ridiculous absentee to another.
RLC has been one of the stars of Chelsea’s season and has been particularly eye-catching over the last few weeks.
He was even tipped to be one of the main faces of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Nations League finals.
But the young midfielder reportedly ruptured his Achilles tendon during a friendly match in Boston last week, meaning he could be out of action for the next SIX months.
It’s an almighty shame, especially as he’s become a firm Dream Team favourite of ours.
It’s all over for Ramsey.
The Arsenal midfielder picked up a hamstring injury in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash with Napoli last month, which means the Welshman – heading to Juventus on a free this summer – has played his last game for the club.
Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi
No change here.
Both of these Chelsea regulars picked up nasty knocks in April and will definitely miss the final.
Rudiger should be back ahead of next season, while CHO faces a whole year on the sidelines.
Chelsea’s midfield dynamo picked up a hamstring injury against Watford at the beginning of May and missed their final few games of the Premier League season.
But this lengthy gap between the Prem and the EL final has potentially worked in his favour and there’s a chance he could be fit enough to play some part on Wednesday.
There’s a name you haven’t heard for a while, eh?
Arsenal have already confirmed that Welbeck will leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Although he’s still officially ruled out, recent reports have claimed the England forward could be on the bench for the Europa final.
He was one of the heroes of their run to the semi-final last season, and has a knack for scoring in big fixtures.
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