Five injured players who could be key when football resumes
The Premier League may be on the backburner for now, but eventually it will return to its former jaw-dropping, ecstasy-inducing crowd-roaring glory.
And when it does return, it also means players who were injured at the time of postponement could be back in action.
That of course, could have huge implications for the final weeks of the season. We’ve had a good look up and down the table and come up with five players whose return to fitness could have a major swing in the final weeks…
The Tottenham Hotspur striker hasn’t played for Spurs since a New Year’s Day defeat to Southampton.
In his absence, Spurs have collected just 11 points from 24 available in the Premier League. It’s left their top-four hopes hanging by a thread as they entered the business end of the season without their talisman.
But Kane is likely to be fit by the summer and will surely have a positive impact on Tottenham’s points haul in the final weeks.
While Jose Mourinho’s current club struggle, his old club Manchester United seem to be getting things together, even without Marcus Rashford.
Rashford has been out since mid-January, and despite an early wobble without the striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were putting a solid run together – including wins over Chelsea and Manchester City – before football was curtailed early.
Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo have stepped up to the plate, but as and when the Premier League returns, the Red Devils will sorely want their number 10 if they’re to grab a top-four finish.
Looking across to the other side of Manchester, and Pep Guardiola has sorely missed Aymeric Laporte this season.
The composed Frenchman was supposed to take over Vincent Kompany’s role as chief defender, but injuries have ensured Laporte has played just seven league games this season.
The statistics paint the story here; City have won six and drawn one of the seven league games Laporte has played in. Without him, Guardiola’s men have won just 12 of 21, losing seven times with two draws.
If Laporte is fit when the season resumes, City will be far better for it.
Another one in the top-four battle. Chelsea faced going into the final games of the campaign without striker Tammy Abraham.
The England international has missed three of Chelsea’s last four league games before the season ground to a halt, with the Blues picking up just four points from a possible nine in his absence.
Chelsea have a host of teams snapping at their heels in fourth, and they’ll surely be grateful to face their final nine games with Abraham fit and ready to play, having scored 13 league goals already this season.
Aston Villa fans may want the season to be written off given they’ve still got to play Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Wolves in their final 10 games.
But at least by then they should have midfield maestro John McGinn back in action. The Scotland international is currently out with an ankle injury and Villa have struggled to fill his void in the middle.
If McGinn is back by the time the Premier League returns, Villa fans will have every right to be a bit more confident about their chances of staying up.
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