The big Dream Team injuries just keep on coming.
Sadio Mane limped out of Liverpool’s win over Wolves last week with what looked like a hamstring problem.
And Jurgen Klopp has confirmed today that the Reds star will miss at least their next two games, against West Ham on Wednesday and Southampton on Saturday.
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Liverpool then embark on their inaugural winter break which should give Mane (£7.2m) more recovery time to make it back for their trip to Norwich when they return.
Mane’s absence will be felt hard amongst the Dream Team community, with the Senegalese forward featuring in over 51% of teams and the third highest scoring player on the game.
Only Sergio Aguero (7.2) and Harry Kane (6.5) average more points per game than Mane out of the regular starters too.
So how are we tackling this issue? Well if you’ve still got January transfers available or just thinking towards February, take note of these potential replacements…
1 Kevin De Bruyne (£6.4m) – The obvious choice
De Bruyne is probably the best player in the league all things considered and his assist record this season speaks for itself.
He already has 15 assists from just 22 league appearances and he’s swiftly closing in on Thierry Henry’s record of 20.
The Belgian is one of few regular starters for City this season and they play Spurs, West Ham and Leicester in their next three.
2 Adama Traore (£3.5m) – The cost saving venture
It’s amazing that Traore still only features in 14.3% of teams considering the algorithm basher he has become.
No player has more Star Man awards (10) and no player has more 7+ ratings (25) in all competitions this season.
Even when he’s not scoring or assisting the ratings system likes him, probably due to his unrivalled dribbling success, and he’s swiftly moved up to fifth in the overall player rankings.
3 Riyad Mahrez (£5.2m) – The wildcard
If De Bruyne has been exceptional, Mahrez has made a fabulous sidekick at times.
The Algerian has now hit double figures for both goals and assists in all competitions and is stepping up while Raheem Sterling goes through a dry patch.
Mahrez can put Spurs, West Ham and former side Leicester to the sword over the coming weeks – and save you over £2m from Mane’s sale.