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Injuries and suspensions update ahead of Game Week 8 – several absent South American stars

Dream Team brings you all the latest injury and suspension news ahead of Game Week 8 in one easily digestible dose.

First of all, not strictly injury or suspension news but very much in the same family, there is uncertainty once again over the availability of the Premier League’s CONMEBOL players following the scheduling of the latest international break.

South American stars set to play for their clubs on Saturday have less than 40 hours to recover between fixtures with a significant portion of that time spent travelling back to England.

Alisson (£3.9m), Fabinho (£2.4m) and Thiago Silva (£3.7m) were all ruled out by their respective gaffers early on after featuring for Brazil against Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning.

It’s unclear whether Raphinha will feature for Leeds this weekend

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It’s unclear whether Raphinha will feature for Leeds this weekend

Raphinha (£3.4m) starred for Tite’s side with two goals on his full international debut and may feature for Leeds on Saturday unless Marcelo Bielsa and his team believe the winger is fatigued upon his return.

The 24-year-old played 70 minutes for Brazil and is unlikely to play the full 90 against Southampton but he may feature in some capacity.

Dean Smith has said Emi Martinez (£3.2m) and Douglas Luiz (£1.5m) will be included in Aston Villa’s matchday squad with the Villains set to face Wolves at 3pm on Saturday.

In contrast, Pep Guardiola has said Brazilian duo Ederson (£3.6m) and Gabriel Jesus (£4.4m) won’t feature against Burnley.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has followed suit by ruling out Edinson Cavani (£4.0m) and Fred (£1.7m) following their involvement in the awkwardly-timed World Cup qualifiers.

All the aforementioned players involved in European action midweek should be available for selection.

Jesus has produced 45 points this season but won’t add to his tally this weekend

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Jesus has produced 45 points this season but won’t add to his tally this weekend

Elsewhere, Ferran Torres (£3.7m) sustained a broken metatarsal while on duty for Spain and could be sidelined for as long as three months.

Man City have been compensated somewhat as Ilkay Gundogan (£3.9m) is available for selection again, so too is Oleksandr Zinchenko (£3.3m).

Rafa Benitez confirmed full-back pair Lucas Digne (£3.1m) and Seamus Coleman (£2.3m) have resumed training but this weekend still comes too soon for Richarlison (£3.8m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.7m).

A mixed bag for Liverpool: as well as the absent Brazilians, Curtis Jones (£2.5m) reported back from England Under-21s with an injury but Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.8m) has regained fitness – Diogo Jota (£4.2m) seems to have shaken off his issue as well.

Despite worries about a possible injury, Romelu Lukaku (£6.0m) is ‘doing fine’ and ‘will play tomorrow’ according to Tuchel.

However, Antonio Rudiger (£4.1m) will miss out alongside Silva to leave Chelsea somewhat light in defence by their usual standards.

Rudiger won’t play against Brentford on Saturday

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Rudiger won’t play against Brentford on Saturday

Arsenal

Injured: Granit Xhaka

Suspended: None

Aston Villa

Injured: Leon Bailey, Morgan Sanson, Trezeguet, Keinan Davis, Bertrand Traore (doubt)

Suspended: None

Brentford

Injured: Joshua Dasilva, Mads Sorensen, Shandon Baptiste

Suspended: None

Brighton

Injured: Steven Alzate, Danny Welbeck

Suspended: None

Burnley

Injured: Ben Mee, Matej Vydra (doubt), Dale Stephens, Charlie Taylor (doubt)

Suspended: None

Chelsea

Injured: Christian Pulisic, Reece James (doubt), N’Golo Kante (doubt), Antonio Rudiger, Hakim Ziyech

Suspended: None

Crystal Palace

Injured: Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson

Suspended: None

Everton

Injured: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Andre Gomes (doubt), Alex Iwobi (doubt), Fabian Delph

Suspended: None

Leeds

Injured: Patrick Bamford, Robin Koch, Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips (doubt)

Suspended: None

Leicester

Injured: James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Wilfred Ndidi, Jannick Vestergaard (doubt)

Suspended: None

Liverpool

Injured: Harvey Elliott, Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones

Suspended: None

Man City

Injured: Ferran Torres

Suspended: None

Man United

Injured: Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire

Suspended: None

Newcastle

Injured: Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett

Suspended: None

Norwich

Injured: Christoph Zimmermann, Sam Byram

Suspended: None

Southampton

Injured: Che Adams, Jack Stephens

Suspended: James Ward-Prowse

Tottenham

Injured: Steven Bergwijn, Ryan Sessegnon, Ben Davies

Suspended: None

Watford

Injured: Peter Etebo, Josh King (doubt), Christian Kabasele

Suspended: None

West Ham

Injured: Ryan Fredericks, Vladimir Coufal (doubt)

Suspended: None

Wolves

Injured: Pedro Neto, Jonny, Francisco Trincao (doubt)

Suspended: None