The Premier League returns this weekend after the lengthy pause of the international break, and that means it’s time to sink your teeth back into some Dream Team.
But as we gear up for Game Week 9, there’s a plethora of injuries to some of our fantasy football favourites that need to be addressed.
David De Gea
Man United head into Sunday’s daunting clash against Liverpool with a staggering 11 players potentially out through injury.
The latest – and perhaps most concerning – is the loss of De Gea, who limped out of Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden during the week and will almost definitely miss the big one at Old Trafford.
Luckily, United have Sergio Romero as backup to fill in the void between the sticks.
Pogba was supposed to be fit and ready for this one, but he too will miss out of the game against Liverpool on Sunday – having failed to recover from the foot injury he picked up against Arsenal a few weeks back.
And unlike their goalkeeper, United have very few adequate replacements for Pogba and this will certainly worry Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
It turns out the sickening arm injury that Lloris picked up against Brighton before the break wasn’t quite as bad as it looked (and it looked pretty horrendous, didn’t it?).
The Spurs keeper will be out of action for a quite a long time though, with his possible return date vaguely pencilled in as ‘the new year’.
Mohamed Salah & Joel Matip
Liverpool could be without two first-team favourites for their trip to Manchester at the weekend.
Salah, who’s one of the most popular players on Dream Team this season, injured his ankle in the Reds’ 2-1 win over Leicester in their last game before the international break and faces a late fitness test, while Matip has been out since last month’s 1-0 win at Sheffield United.
Anthony Martial & Luke Shaw
Martial’s United career began with a goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford, but he’s a major doubt to even take part in their game this weekend having yet to prove his fitness after being out of action since August.
Shaw was expected to be fit to play too, but the left-back appears to have lost his battle in time for Sunday.
Eriksen suffered a dead leg in Denmark’s 4-0 win over Luxembourg in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday, and will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s relatively important match against Watford.
Perhaps not the most serious-sounding injury on our list, but it’s enough to make him a doubt.
Ashley Barnes & Erik Pieters
Burnley players have surprisingly been good value for Dream Team this season, with both Barnes and Pieters two of the best bargain options in their respective positions.
Unfortunately, Barnes is said to be touch and go for the game this weekend, but Pieters is expected to be fit after recovering from an ankle injury.
Two red cards in as many matches is sort of impressive, right?
Coleman was sent off in Everton’s last game before the international break in their 1-0 defeat to Burnley, and will be suspended for the upcoming best-of-the-rest match up against West Ham this weekend as a result.
To make matters worse, he was shown red for the Republic of Ireland in their defeat to Switzerland earlier in the week.
We were all a little disappointed to see Madders miss out on his first England cap due to illness last week, but Leicester have confirmed the midfielder is fit and ready for action this weekend.
Good news for fantasy fans, at least?
Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend will be return of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who’s missed all of Liverpool’s games since his opening day injury against Norwich.
It just gets worse for beleaguered Man United, doesn’t it?
Kevin De Bruyne & John Stones
The international break was kind to Man City, with no fresh injury concerns coupled with the returns of De Bruyne and Stones.
It’s not such good news for medical room favourite Benjamin Mendy though, who’s still not quite ready for the match against Crystal Palace.
Laca’s been out of action since September, but Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed the French striker returned to full training and is now in contention to feature against Sheffield United on Monday.
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