Friday has proven to be a bad day for the Premier League’s elite, with a number of players being ruled out for at least a month.
Manchester United record-signing Paul Pogba joined Manchester City duo Benjamin Mendy and Sergio Aguero in being ruled out for the foreseeable future.
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has also joined his peers in being made unavailable due to injury – though it’s hard to say whether the Eagles will miss the out-of-sorts striker.
Here’s all the latest on the biggest names in the Premier League.
Roy Hodgson has admitted “unknown quantity” rookie Freddie Ladapo could be the solution to Crystal Palace’s striker crisis at Manchester United.
Palace are the only team left in Europe’s big five leagues still to claim any points, and on Saturday they could equal Portsmouth’s Premier League record of seven straight losses from the start of 2009/10.
Manager Hodgson believes the Eagles have been struck by a “plague of injuries”, confirming his sole front-line striker Christian Benteke will be sidelined for six weeks with knee trouble.
Pep Guardiola has no problem with Sergio Aguero spending a day off in Amsterdam after the Manchester City striker was injured in a car crash there on Thursday.
Aguero is understood to have broken a rib after being involved in a road accident while visiting the Dutch city for a music concert.
The accident occurred at around 11pm as Aguero travelled back to an airport in a taxi after attending the gig, performed by Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma.
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Aguero is understood to have been hurt when the taxi came off the road and hit a post. He was treated in hospital and was due to arrive back in Manchester for further assessment by club medical staff on Friday afternoon.
Guardiola said he did not know how long he would be without his most prolific forward but he would definitely miss the leaders’ Premier League trip to champions Chelsea on Saturday. He said Aguero would also be unavailable for Argentina’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador next month.
News of Aguero’s accident came after further bad updates on injuries to left-back Benjamin Mendy and captain Vincent Kompany.
Mendy has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament and is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Guardiola said: “Mendy will be operated on this afternoon in Barcelona. He will be out until our semi-finals of the Champions League.”
Kompany has missed the last six games with a calf injury and remains out of action despite being called up for international duty by Belgium.
Guardiola said: “He only made one training session with us since one month ago. I spoke with (Belgium coach) Roberto Martinez. He is travelling there to make a meeting with the Belgium doctor but he is coming back. Of course he cannot play for Belgium.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has bracketed Paul Pogba’s injury as “long-term” – comparing it to those Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo are recovering from.
The severity of the hamstring issue that caused the 24-year-old to limp off early in the club’s Champions League return against Basel has been shrouded in mystery.
Mourinho has repeatedly claimed not to know how bad Pogba’s injury is as the club continued to assess him in-house, as well as seeking specialist advice.
The United manager is still unwilling to put a timescale on the injury, but 17 days on from the France international’s setback the Portuguese has revealed it is a long-term issue.
“He’s injured, he cannot play tomorrow and it’s not an injury that I can have the hope like I have with (Antonio) Valencia or (Phil) Jones,” Mourinho said of Pogba.
“I have the hope to see them in training and to have a positive answer, so long-term injuries I don’t speak about them.
“So Ibra and Pogba and Rojo, these players I don’t think about them.”