Tuesday 21 November 2017

Premier League all-star sidelined XI: The best team from crocked stars

Wayne Rooney's knee injury has seen him join a long list of star names sidelined in the Premier League.

Here, we assemble an all-star XI who are out with long-term injuries at present.

GOALKEEPER

TIM KRUL (Newcastle) - Ruled out for the season in October. Club games this season: 9

After Krul's season was ended while on international duty with Holland in October, Steve McClaren claimed his absence could cost Newcastle '18 to 20 points'.

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Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing for Holland

DEFENDERS

LUKE SHAW (Manchester United) - Injured in September, return unknown. Club games this season: 8

The United left-back suffered a double fracture in his right leg during their Champions League defeat to PSV Eindhoven in September. Initial talk of a return in March has faded.

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Luke Shaw is making good progress in his recovery from a double leg break

JAN VERTONGHEN (Tottenham) - Ruled out for eight weeks in January. Club games this season: 27

The leader in Tottenham's defence suffered knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace in January, and was ruled out for eight weeks as his side pursue the title.

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Jan Vertonghen

KURT ZOUMA (Chelsea) - Ruled out for the rest of the season in February. Club games this season: 32

The diagnosis of damaged knee ligaments was sadly predictable after Zouma landed awkwardly in Chelsea's match against Manchester United, and he will miss the rest of the season and Euro 2016 in his homeland.

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Chelsea's Kurt Zouma's reaction to Nemanja Matic's stunning Wembley goal has gone viral

ASHLEY YOUNG (Manchester United) - Injured in January, unlikely to return this season. Club games this season: 23

Young pulled up in the first half of United's win over Liverpool in January, and manager Louis van Gaal said he would be gone for "a long, long time" with a "severe" groin injury.

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Ashley Young

MIDFIELDERS

SAMIR NASRI (Manchester City) - Injured in training in October, targeting March return. Club games this season: 8

French playmaker Nasri suffered a horrible injury in training which required almost 100 stitches when his thigh muscle became detached from the bone. He is targeting a March return, but was left out of City's Champions League squad.

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Manchester City's Samir Nasri is hoping to return to action in March

JACK WILSHERE (Arsenal) - Injured in pre-season training, targeting March return. Club games this season: 0

The England midfielder fractured his left tibula in pre-season training, then suffered further setbacks in December and January. Arsene Wenger hopes to have Wilshere back by mid-March.

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Jack Wilshere is yet to play this season after suffering another injury

SANTI CAZORLA (Arsenal) - Injured in late November, targeting March return. Club games this season: 20

A hobbled Cazorla was forced to finish Arsenal's match at Norwich after earlier injuries for Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny. He has already missed his initial target of a return within three months.

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Santi Cazorla

FORWARDS

KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Manchester City) - Injured in late January, targeting April return. Club games this season (for City): 31

De Bruyne's fine season came to a shuddering halt late as he suffered knee ligament damage in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Everton, expected to keep him out for 10 weeks.

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne could be out for up to 10 weeks

WAYNE ROONEY (Manchester United) - Injured in February, expected to miss six weeks. Club games this season: 32

With United's top-four challenge faltering and few alternatives up front, Rooney's injury could prove a huge blow for United as it rules him out of a busy period of league, cup and European dates, including the Manchester derby.

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Anthony Martial, right, is the man most likely to take Wayne Rooney's spot

DANNY INGS (Liverpool) - Injured in October, unlikely to return this season. Club games this season: 8

Ings' signing from Burnley was considered something of a coup for Liverpool but his first season at Anfield has been wrecked by a knee injury suffered in October.

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings is expected to be sidelined for six months

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