The dreaded international break is finally over after two weeks of tough matches around the world. UEFA Nations League and 2019 AFCON Qualifiers are taking shape. Today, the focus is injuries suffered during the two weeks of national pride. We take a look at top six clubs in the Premier League and serious injuries they suffered during the break.
6. Chelsea- 3 Bad Injuries
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Maurizio Sarri has paired David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger in central defence since taking over the club this summer. The two have done a great job so far. However, the Italian might need to think about Gary Cahill and others because Rudiger is struggling with a groin injury. Others injured include squad players Ampadu and Van Ginkel who are suffering from knee injuries. The Blues play Manchester United at home on Saturday.
5. Arsenal- 5 Bad Injuries
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Unai Emery is in dreamland. His side lost first two matches of the season to Manchester City and Chelsea but now his team is only two points behind the three joint leaders.
However, the Gunners boss is having a selection problem because of injuries. Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck are out with hamstring injuries. Papastathopoulos and Mavropanos are recovering from ankle and groin injuries. Koscielny is back in training but not ready for selection after a long layoff with Achilles injury.
4. Man United- 6 Bad Injuries
Manchester United must beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday if they want to remain in title contention this season. A defeat will pile more pressure on Jose Mourinho.
The ‘Special One’ does not have a great record with Red Devils when he visits his former team. To make matters even worse, he has several injury concerns. Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are struggling to shake off ankle injuries. Ander Herrera and Marcus Rojo are nursing knocks. Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard are out with knee and groin injuries.