Kevin De Bruyne M, Manchester City – LCL injury
Man City will have to face the first three months of the season without star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. He suffered a knee injury last week in training, which scans later confirmed as a lesion on his LCL. The injury will not require surgery but will require a significant rehabilitation program. This is the second knee ligament injury that De Bruyne has suffered in the past two and a half years. The midfielder missed 9 weeks in January 2016 after suffering a similar injury. More.
Luke Shaw D, Manchester United – left foot injury
Defender Luke Shaw suffered the knock to his left foot in the Red Devils’ 3-2 defeat to Brighton on Sunday afternoon. He is considered a doubt for Man U’s clash with Tottenham this week but isn’t expected to miss significant time. United has managed his training carefully this week, and his availability will like come after he undergoes a fitness test. Shaw suffered knocks in both halves of last Sunday’s match but managed to play in all 90 minutes. He also claimed an assist.
Morgan Schneiderlin M, Everton – muscle injury
Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is considered an early doubt for the match with Bournemouth this weekend after he suffered a lower body muscle injury against his former club last week. Schneiderlin limped off against Southampton after he provided the assist for the opening goal in the first half. Manager Marco Silva has described the injury as a “small problem” and claims that Schneiderlin is “doing well.”
“It is still really early to say anymore about that but it looks a small problem in his muscle but we have to wait a few more hours to be right about it,” said Silva.
Even a small muscle strain requires 2-3 weeks of recovery time, so Schneiderlin could miss the next two matches against Huddersfield and West Ham.
Cesc Fabregas M, Chelsea – leg injury
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas missed Saturday’s PL reunion with former club Arsenal due to a leg injury. Manager Maurizio Sarri thinks Fabregas will be able to return to training at some point this week. The Spaniard reportedly took a knock to his leg just above his knee. Sarri described the injury as minor, but strange. “[It’s] nothing serious, but he has a very unusual injury…He has a pain, not in the knee, [but] near the knee.” The injury sounds like a quad contusion, which usually only requires a week of rest and rehabilitation. Fabregas shouldn’t miss too much time.
Carl Jenkinson D, Arsenal – ankle injury
The injuries are really piling up for Arsenal after reserve right back Carl Jenkinson suffered an ankle injury that is expected to hold him out for the next two months. It’s not clear exactly what the injury is, but a 2 month recovery time suggests ligament damage or a small fracture. Nacho Monreal’s return from a knee injury could help ease the blow of losing Jenkinson.
DeAndre Yedlin D, Newcastle United – knee injury
The great news is that DeAndre Yedlin is not as seriously injured as originally thought. The club confirmed the injury is not an ACL tear and that he should resume training shortly. It’s not clear yet what the injury is or how long Newcastle expects to be without the US international, but supporters can breathe a sigh of relief. The full-back fell awkwardly while making a challenge in the match with Tottenham. After being treated on the pitch, Yedlin limped to the sidelines and had to be helped down the tunnel. He was seen on crutches after the match. Newcastle expects Yedlin to pass a fitness test before this weekend’s clash with Chelsea, but we think that’s too soon. Yedlin likely suffered a knee sprain, an injury that requires at least three weeks of recovery time according to the Inside Injuries algorithm. It has been just over one week since Yedlin sustained the injury.