Jump directly to the content

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

DREAM TEAM

Your Sun

A News UK Company
TOP
BACK TO BUSINESS

Dream Team Injury Update: Game Week 9

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.


DON’T FORGET – WIN £1K EVERY WEEKEND BY PLAYING FANTASY FOOTBALL


Definitely out

David De Gea

AP:Associated Press
12

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.

Paul Pogba

PA:Empics Sport
12

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.

Hugo Lloris

AP:Associated Press
12

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’.

Doubts

Mohamed Salah & Joel Matip

Reuters
12

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

Reuters
12

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.

Christian Eriksen

Reuters
12

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

Reuters
12

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.

Suspended

Seamus Coleman

Reuters
12

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.

Naughty, naughty.

Possible returns

James Maddison 

EPA
12

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?

Alisson

AP:Associated Press
12

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

AP:Associated Press
12

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.

Alexandre Lacazette

AFP or licensors
12

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.


SIGN UP HERE – PLAY DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER


CLAIM YOUR FREE £30 BET NOW