While the World Cup qualifiers are being drawn to a conclusion, several players are reported to have suffered injuries during the international break. Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Newcastle, and both the Manchester clubs are all perturbed about the availability of some key players.
United man Marouane Fellaini suffered a ligament damage in his left knee, which necessitates him to sit out for at least two weeks. Southampton striker Shane Long is distressed with a hip injury, and Newcastle winger Matt Richie suffered from a minor unspecified injury. However, Rafa Benitez has claimed that he will fully recover soon.
Arsenal are facing a dilemma regarding Mustafi’s injury. The defender’s thigh injury is still being assessed, and he is set for an extended layoff. Bournemouth striker Joshua King is to be sidelined due to a hamstring injury. Man City man Fabian Delph was withdrawn from England squad following a hamstring injury as well.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been sidelined for several weeks following a thigh injury. The Frenchman has been a vital cog in the Blues’ midfield since his arrival last year, and his absence will come as a huge blow to Antonio Conte.
Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has been hampered by back and Achilles issues. It’s disclosed that he has been playing with the help of injections and pills.
United defender Phil Jones was declared unfit by England medical team last week due to a minor knee injury. However, the club is hopeful he will be available for the next fixture. Elsewhere, Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser was pulled out of Scotland squad due to a hamstring injury.
This international break has evidently proven to be a bad spell for many players and their respective managers.