The top clubs in Europe often boast one of the strongest squads and there is a reason behind it. Managers like to have options for themselves and injuries to players limits those options.
Thus, International breaks which often lead to injuries are a manger’s nightmares. However, this gives them a chance to use the depth in the squad and check if their backup players have what it takes to play at the highest level.
The recently concluded international break has hit one of the best clubs in Europe pretty hard. Many teams have lost some talismanic players and will be hoping that the recover in time and contribute to the teams goals. In this article, we will take a look at top clubs and the injuries they are suffering.
Sergio Aguero; David Silva; Alexander Kolarov
Manchester City are the worst hit club in this international break. They have lost three of their first team players in Aguero, Silva and Kolarov and the manager will be cursing his luck. They have a pretty decent squad and will hope that the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling come to the front in the absence of the main men.
Nemanja Matic; Branislav Ivanovic
Jose Mourinho will have made plans in the International break about how to make a come back into the top of the Premier League after a poor start to the campaign. But his job has become even tougher as he lost Nemanja Matic and Ivanovic due to injuries in the International Break. He will hope that they can make a quick recovery and help his team fight back.
The German giants will miss the services of the versatile forward Mario Gotze who picked up a knock during the International Break. He has suffered a groin injury that will sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks, but Pep Guardiola has enough fire-power in the ranks to pull his team through in his absence.
Karim Benzema; Luka Modric
Karim Benzema scored twice for France before picking up a hamstring injury in a friendly game during the International break. He will miss the action for up to a month according to the reports. The Los Blancos also lost Luka Modric to a thigh injury and he is expected to sit out for at least three months.
Joe Gomez; Danny Ings
Liverpool and its new manager Jurgen Klopp will miss the services of youngster Joe Gomez who will be sidelined for the rest of the season for a ruptured anterior circulate ligament during the England U21’s game in the break. Danny Ings also picked up a similar injury during practice and is expected to not make any contribution to the club this season.
Alvaro Morata, Paul Pogba, Roberto Pereyra
Morata was stretchered off in his game against Luxembourg and is expected to come back after two weeks. Paul Pogba will also miss out for some time after spraining his ankle during training with his International team. However, there are speculations that the duo may return in time for the clash against Inter on Saturday.
Bastian Schweinsteiger; Michael Carrick
Manchester United will be a bit short in the defensive midfield area as they have lost both Schweinsteiger and Carrick during the International break. Bastian picked a thigh injury and is facing the race to be fit for the game on Saturday. Carrick picked up a groin injury and will be rested for at least a week before getting back on the training ground.
David Luiz; Kevin Trapp
David Luiz picked up an injury to his knee during his game for Brazil during the International break. He is expected to be out of action for at least 4 weeks and will miss both the games against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Trapp is also expected to be rested for a few weeks.
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