It’s been a difficult few weeks for Dream Team bosses, with many of our favourite players forced out through injury.
And while there’s a major doubt hanging over one of the game’s best players ahead of this weekend, we do also have some good news regarding some fairly notable injury returns…
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United already face the daunting prospect of travelling to Anfield this weekend, but it now looks increasingly likely that they’ll be facing the Premier League’s runaway leaders without their in-form forward.
Rashford came off the bench in their FA Cup third round replay win over Wolves during the week, but lasted just 16 minutes before reportedly injuring his back.
Rashy has been incredible for United this season, netting 19 goals in all competitions – including 14 in the Prem – to help rack up 186 points on Dream Team, just a point behind Raheem Sterling at the top of our leader-board.
He’s been described by the club as a ‘major doubt’ for the match and will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness.
There’s no respite for Shaw, who’s gone through injury hell during his five-and-a-half years at United.
A hamstring problem will most likely keep him out of Sunday’s trip to Anfield, with Brandon Williams likely to start ahead of him.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has said Yerry Mina is a doubt for Saturday’s match at West Ham after sustaining a knock in training.
Considering Mina has been one of the Toffees’ main men in defence this term, this will cause the Italian gaffer a considerable selection headache.
Anderson, who’s been a shadow of the player he was last season and is currently being picked by just 2.2% of Dream Team managers, is said to be a doubt for the game against Everton with a back problem.
Perhaps a more pressing concern for the Hammers this weekend is that goalie Fabianski faces another spell out of the side through injury.
The Polish shot-stopper will probably miss the next two weeks, with new signing Darren Randolph (who’s already available on Dream Team, priced at just £1.5m) earmarked to start in his place between the sticks.
Richarlison & Gylfi Sigurdsson
While West Ham are ruing the loss of their goalkeeper this weekend, Everton will be without two key players in their attacking ranks.
Richarlison, who’s netted eight goals this season, hurt his knee in training on Thursday and hasn’t travelled with the rest of the squad to London.
Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson has also been ruled out.
With Kieran Tierney currently sidelined for Arsenal, Kolasinac has played in the opening three games of 2020 but will miss their weekend clash with Sheffield United after picking up a thigh strain during the week.
PEA will also be missing for Arsenal’s showdown against Sheffield after being sent off in their game against Crystal Palace last time out.
The Gabonese striker was shown a red card after a nasty mistimed challenged on Max Meyer during the second-half at Selhurst Park.
The Gunners then rather bravely appealed the decision and duly saw his ban upheld, meaning he’ll be out for their next three games.
We were quite worried when we heard Maguire had suffered a hip injury last week and would likely miss United’s game against Norwich.
The centre-back is one of the most-popular defenders on Dream Team this season and would’ve been a big loss for the Red Devils.
So naturally, the England international started in the 4-0 win over the Canaries, having recovered from the knock in just a couple of days instead of the ‘weeks’ that were originally reported.
More good news for United on the defender-front is that Bailly could be making his long-awaited return from injury.
In fact, he could even make his return to the squad as soon as this Sunday at Liverpool.
Pukki, who was named Finnish Athlete of the Year earlier this week, will be available for Norwich’s six-pointer against Bournemouth, having missed the defeat to Man United last time out.
The striker is their top scorer this season with nine goals in the Prem, but has not played since New Year’s Day because of a hamstring problem.
Spurs’ first-choice goalkeeper and captain Lloris has reportedly returned to first-team training this week, after recovering from that nasty dislocated elbow he suffered against Brighton back in October.
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