The international break is now over and the final stretch of the season gets underway this weekend with no more interruptions – but managers still need to navigate a number of blanks and double gameweeks as well as fresh injury concerns. Express Sport takes a look at the latest big injury news involving Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford and a handful of Chelsea players.
Erling Haaland return date
Erling Haaland has reportedly already returned to Manchester City to continue his rehabilitation from a groin injury he picked up last week. The Norwegian jetted off to a hospital in Barcelona to undergo tests on the issue before spending some time receiving treatment in Marbella.
Haaland’s father, Alfie Haaland, admitted last week that it was “touch and go” whether the striker would be back in contention to face Liverpool at the weekend. But his return to City at least hints that Haaland’s injury may not be too serious with the club set to carry out further checks later in the week to determine whether he can feature.
Marcus Rashford update
Marcus Rashford has been the main man for Manchester United this season and is arguably the most in-form attacker in European football for 2023. But United were dealt a huge blow when Rashford withdrew from international duty with England due to a toe problem.
The Red Devils confirmed this week that Rashford had returned to the training pitch on Monday, although “no ball work was involved”. “Marcus Rashford has started his recovery at Carrington after sustaining an injury in our last fixture, the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final win over Fulham. Marcus was able to get out on the grass at our training base on Monday,” a statement read.
“But the Reds’ leading goalscorer could only take part in a small session, away from the main group. Rashford’s fitness will be a concern heading into the Premier League clash at Newcastle United on Sunday. United boss Erik ten Hag is likely to provide an update on Marcus in his pre-match press conference later this week.”
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Chelsea trio latest
Graham Potter has had to contend with a number of injuries throughout his squad in his maiden season in charge at Stamford Bridge. And there are even more question marks on who will be ready to face Aston Villa on Saturday night with a tough home match against Liverpool just three days later.
The double gameweek means FPL managers will likely want to have some Chelsea assets in their squad, but there’s still concerns on whether Reece James, Raheem Sterling or Kai Havertz will be back and available. James is the biggest concern after appearing to aggravate his troublesome hamstring injury, forcing him to withdraw from England’s squad ahead of their match against Ukraine.
Sterling was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad altogether, also with a hamstring injury, and it’s not clear whether he’ll be fit to face Villa or Liverpool. Havertz joined the growing list of doubts for Potter after he picked up a flu infection while on international duty.
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