The English Premier League will return this weekend after a two-week break occasioned by the international break.
Many managers will however have to deal with injuries to their key players, which is often the case after such breaks.
Some are however fortunate to have their teams back unscathed ahead of a busy festive period.
So, which clubs among England’s top six are most affected by the injuries?
🔴 Manchester United
Paul Pogba, who had been serving a three-match following his red card against Liverpool picked a thigh injury while on international duty and is set to be out for an unspecified period.
He joins fellow Frenchman Raphael Varane, who has a hamstring injury.
The pair will miss this weekend’s match against Watford, and there are doubts over the involvement of Scott McTominay (illness), Edinson Cavani (tendon), and Luke Shaw (concussion)
🔵 Manchester City
The defending champions seem to be ‘okay’ with no fresh injuries, apart from Jack Grealish, who suffered a knock while on international duty but is expected back next week.
They will however miss the services of Kevin de Bruyne, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating.
Ferran Torres is the only long-term absentee, while Aymeric Laporte will be available for selection having served his ban following a red card against Crystal Palace before the break.
Liam Delap is also out with an ankle injury.
The league leaders will be boosted by the return of a number of their stars ahead of their trip to Leicester.
Coach Thomas Tuchel revealed on Friday that only Romelu Lukaku and Mateo Kovacic are out of the match, with Timo Werner, Marcos Alonso and Thiago Silva all ready having shaken off their injuries.
The Gunners are in good form ahead of their trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang are back and will be in contention for starting roles at Anfield on Saturday.
The only absentees from Mikel Arteta’s side are Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka, who are recovering from an ankle and knee injury respectively.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will miss four players when they host Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
Sadio Mane, who picked a knock while on international duty with Senegal, has been passed fit and will be ready to face the Gunners.
Jordan Henderson, who missed England’s last World Cup qualifier match against San Marino, as well as Andy Robertson will be assessed before the match.
Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, and James Milner, who were all sidelined before the break, will however miss the match.
Oliver Skipp is suspended for the match against Leeds United, while Bryan Gil and Ryan Sessegnon will miss out with hamstring injuries. .
Cristian Romero (thigh) and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (knee) are both doubtful, and their participation will be decided before the clash.