SIX Liverpool players injured; Foxes star ruled out for six months — PL Late Mail
Cristiano Ronaldo could be thrust into Manchester United’s starting lineup despite his severe lack of pre-season action, while Everton face a serious crisis after their star forward copped a freak injury that is set to sideline him for six weeks.
Plus Leicester have copped a horrible injury blow after announcing right-back Ricardo Pereira will be out of action for up to six month following Achilles surgery, having suffered the injury in their final pre-season match.
Coach Brendan Rodgers said: “Sadly Ricardo Pereira will be out for up to six months with a ruptured Achilles. A lot of our game idea was about our full-backs and him in particular. He was looking so good.
“It’s a massive blow to him.”
The team will also be without Harvey Barnes and Ryan Bertrand (both knee injuries), and have also sold keeper Kasper Schmeichel to Nice - all the while having not signed a single player this transfer window.
And Liverpool are also up against a dark injury cloud.
Centre-back Ibrahima Konate will be out “for a while”, Jurgen Klopp said, after suffering a knee injury in last week’s final touch-up game. Liverpool also have Kostas Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones and backup keeper Caoimhin Kelleher injured, while midfielder Naby Keita only returned to training yesterday after missing a week with illness.
Read on for all of the team news and predicted lineups for the first set of matches in the Premier League!
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Fulham vs Liverpool
Fulham predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Bernd Leno; Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream, Tosin Adarabioyo, Kevin Mbabu; Harrison Reed, Joao Palhinha; Manor Solomon, Andreas Pereira, Neeskens Kebano; Aleksandr Mitrovic
Fulham injuries: Harry Wilson (knee), Joe Bryan (wrist/hand), Nathaniel Chalobah
Liverpool predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Djik, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Díaz
Liverpool injuries: Diogo Jota (thigh), Curtis Jones (calf/shin/heel), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin/hip), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh), Ibrahima Konate (knee), Kostas Tsimikas
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa
Bournemouth predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Mark Travers; Jordan Zemura, Lloyd Kelly, Chris Mepham, Jack Stacey; Jefferson Lerma, Philip Billing, Lewis Cook; Jaidon Anthony, Dominic Solanke, Ryan Christie
Bournemouth injuries: Joe Rothwell (thigh), Ryan Fredericks (calf)
Aston Villa predicted lineup: (4-3-2-1) Emi Martinez; Lucas Digne, Diego Carlos, Ezri Konsa, Matty Cash; Boubacar Kamara, John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey; Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey; Ollie Watkins
Aston Villa injuries: Kortney Hause (knee)
Leeds United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leeds predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Ilan Meslier; Pascal Struijk, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Rasmus Kristensen; Tyler Adams, Marc Roca; Jack Harrison, Rodrigo, Brenden Aaronson; Patrick Bamford
Leeds injuries: Stuart Dallas (thigh), Luke Ayling (knee), Junior Firpo (knee), Luis Sinisterra (thigh), Adam Forshaw (knee), Liam Cooper (Achilles), Cody Drameh (thigh), Daniel James (suspended)
Wolves predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Sa; Jonny, Collins, Kilman, Ait-Nouri; Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho; Gibbs-White, Podence, Neto
Wolves injuries: Chiquinho (knee), Raul Jimenez (knee), Adama Traore (thigh), Nelson Semedo (thigh)
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
Newcastle predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Dubravka; Trippier, Schär, Burn, Targett; Shelvey, Joelinton, Guimarães; Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Fraser
Newcastle injuries: Javier Manquillo (groin), Jonjo Shelvey (thigh)
Nottingham Forest predicted lineup: (3-4-3) D. Henderson; Joe Worrall, S. McKenna, S. Cook; N. Williams, J Colback, L. O’Brien, H. Toffolo; B. Johnson, S. Surridge, J. Lingard
Nottingham Forest injuries: Omar Richards (calf)
Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton
Spurs predicted lineup: (3-4-3) Lloris; Romero, Sanchez, Dier; Doherty, Bentancur, Hojgberg, Perisic; Son Heung-min, Kulusevski, Kane
Spurs injuries: Oliver Skipp (foot), Richarlison (suspended)
Southampton predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud; Romeu, Lavia, Ward-Prowse; Aribo, Adams, Mara
Southampton injuries: Tino Livramento (knee), Nathan Tella (knee), Theo Walcott
Everton vs Chelsea
Everton predicted lineup: (3-4-3) Jordan Pickford, James Tarkowski, Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey; Vitalii Mykolenko, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Nathan Patterson; Dwight McNeil, Alex Iwobi, Anthony Gordon
Everton injuries: Andros Townsend (knee), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Andre Gomes, Tom Davies, Salomon Rondon (suspended)
Chelsea predicted lineup: (3-4-3) Edouard Mendy; Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta; Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Reece James; Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz
Leicester vs Brentford
Leicester predicted lineup: (4-3-3) Ward; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Tielemans, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall; Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho
Leicester injuries: Ryan Bertrand (knee), Ricardo Pereira (Achilles), Harvey Barnes (knee)
Brentford predicted lineup: (4-3-3) David Raya; Rico Henry, Ben Mee, Pontus Jansson, Aaron Hickey; Christian Nørgaard, Vitaly Janelt, Josh Dasilva; Yoanne Wissa, Ivan Toney, Brian Mbuemo
Brentford injuries: Kristoffer Ajer (thigh), Sergi Canos (thigh), Ethan Pinnock (knee)
Manchester United vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Manchester United predicted lineup: (4-3-3) David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire, Tyrell Malacia; Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Fred; Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho
Manchester United injuries: Anthony Martial (thigh)
Brighton predicted lineup: (4-3-3): Robert Sanchez; Marc Cucurella, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Tariq Lamptey; Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, Pascal Groß; Leandro Trossard, Danny Welbeck, Enock Mwepu
Brighton injuries: Jakub Moder (knee)
West Ham United vs Manchester City
West Ham predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma, Fornals, Bowen; Antonio
West Ham injuries: Nayef Aguerd (ankle)
Manchester City predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden; Haaland
Manchester City injuries: Aymeric Laporte (knee)