The international break is ongoing with lots of players in the English Premier League currently representing their countries ahead of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. However, some of them have picked up injuries that could keep them out of action at the weekend. The major doubts include;
1. Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Harry Maguire picked up an injury during their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Old Trafford as he hobbled off the pitch with the assistance of the medical team. He hasn't featured for the side in their games against Villarreal and Everton.He was also unavailable in the squad that was called up for England's world cup qualifiers match. He is expected to return to training at the start of next week and should be available soon but will surely miss the game against Leicester City.
2. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal FC)
Granit Xhaka has been superb for the Gunners since his return from the European Championship with Switzerland. He was thereafter sent off during their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Emirates.
The swiss suffered an ankle injury in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur after close contact with Lucas Moura. He is expected to be on the sidelines for three to four months which will be a huge miss to Arsenal considering his terrific form.
3. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea FC)
Chelsea summer signing Romelu Lukaku was in action for the Belgium National team as he picked up a knock during their UEFA Nations League semifinals match against France. Belgium threw away a two-goal lead as France defeated them 3-2 with Lukaku scoring the second goal of the match.
Martinez confirmed the injury during the press conference ahead of their third-place meeting against Italy which they lost 2-1. He has however returned to Chelsea for further assessment. From the look of things, there's a slight chance of the Big attacker playing at the weekend.
4. Thiago Silva ( Chelsea FC)
Thiago Silva was in fine shape during their last Premier League match against Southampton after replacing Reece James due to an injury. He was however called up by the Brazil National team coach Tite ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil will be playing against Colombia, Venezuela, and Uruguay with the last fixture taking place on the morning of the Chelsea meeting against Brentford. Therefore, he will be unavailable for their weekend match against Brentford. He is expected to return to training at the beginning of next week to prepare for a busy October schedule.
5. Rafael Varane (Manchester United)
Manchester United signed the French man during the summer transfer window from Real Madrid in a bid to bolster their defense. He has produced some fine performances for the Manchester side attracting praises from the manager and former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was in action yesterday for France during their UEFA Nations League finals match against Spain and was hit with a thigh injury as he made way for Upamecano in the 43rd minute. He was however back with the boys to lift the trophy.
He is expected back in Manchester United at the end of Tuesday to undergo further assessment ahead of their meeting against Leicester City. But from the look of things, he will certainly miss this weekend fixture.
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