There’s nothing like a week of European football to really mess with your Dream Team mini-league ambitions, is there?
We head into this weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures with a host of players set to miss out through injury, with Mason Mount’s ankle knock against Valencia arguably the most frustrating of them all.
Remember: Bournemouth’s trip to Southampton this evening marks the beginning of Game Week 6, so any transfers you want/need to make ahead of the weekend have to be done before kick-off at 8pm. Don’t get caught out!
By now, you should be aware that Man City are in the depths an injury crisis in defence.
Aymeric Laporte is already set to be out for a lengthy period of time, but to make matters worse they’re now missing Stones, too.
The centre-back was injured in training ahead of their midweek Champions League clash in Ukraine, meaning Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho will likely be Pep Guardiola’s centre-back pairing for a while.
It looks like Liverpool’s Champions League hero of last season is facing a spell on the sidelines, after picking up an ankle injury against Newcastle last weekend.
However, the good news is, he’s only suffered minor damage according to his manager Jurgen Klopp, and could well be back before September ends.
Djenepo’s goal in Southampton’s win over Sheffield United last time out was the talk of the town last weekend.
And his performance might’ve been enough to convince some of you to snap up the Malian youngster for this week’s game against Bournemouth.
But according to the Saints, a recurrence of a muscle injury that has given him problems since joining the club will keep him out of that one.
Sheffield will be without their influential captain for their weekend trip to Everton, following his red card against Southampton last week.
Only 0.3% of you have opted for the forward in your Dream Team’s though, but if you’re one of them then you might want to consider transferring him out.
West Ham will fancy their chances against Man United on Sunday, but they’ll be without their trusted left-back Masuaku who’s suspended after receiving a red card against Villa on Monday.
Luckily, it was two yellow cards so he’ll only miss one game.
Mount’s been a big Dream Team favourite in recent weeks, having netted three times for Chelsea.
But he limped out of their Champions League defeat to Valencia on Tuesday following a nasty challenge by former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.
Mount reportedly has “a chance” of recovering from the ankle injury he sustained during the week, just in time to face Liverpool on Sunday.
Man United’s midfield stalwart was the biggest absentee last weekend in their win over Leicester, and looks set to be missing for their trip to West Ham this week too.
He joins Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial as the club’s other probable absentees.
Another big miss for United on Sunday could be Welsh winger James.
The youngster has scored four goals for club and country so far this season, but his participation has been threatened by an ankle knock during last weekend’s 1-0 win over Leicester.
When asked about the possibility of his place in the team, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer told the press on Friday: “Daniel James? I don’t know. He’s not trained the last few days. Hopefully, but not sure. We’ll have a recovery day with everyone tomorrow and we’ll see.”
That’s a mighty shame, as the bargain midfielder has been another popular choice on Dream Team this term.
It’s been a rough start to the season for Arsenal’s wing-back, and he could miss out again for Sunday’s match against Aston Villa.
Gunners’ gaffer Unai Emery has revealed Kolasinac picked up a knock in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday, but believes he should be available this weekend.
West Ham’s playmaker faces a late fitness test ahead of their big game against Man United, with Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini saying: “Lanzini has a little problem and we will review him before the game. We must wait for tomorrow. The other players are fit.”
Arsenal will soon have their first-choice full-backs available, with Tierney set to feature for their Under-23 side on Friday. The left-back is yet to play for the Gunners having arrived from Celtic in the summer.
Remember him? He’s back! He’s also set to play against Wolves this evening for the Under-23s. Expect him back in the first-team very soon.
At last, it seems Kante is injury-free, but he’s still far from match fit having spent so long on the sidelines.