Players are already beginning to drop like flies and the international break hasn’t even had a match yet.
Monday saw a raft of players withdraw from their national squads, as niggling injuries meant they stayed with their clubs for the current break. Tottenham have concerns over Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, after it was announced the midfielder is out of Denmark’s next match, and Manchester United will be digesting the news Paul Pogba is expected to be out for eight to ten weeks, after picking up a thigh issue with France.
Manchester City will inevitably have their own concerns, and a quick one comes in the shape of Bernardo Silva. The Portugal international has been key for Pep Guardiola recently, after a summer in which he’d wanted a transfer away from the Premier League champions.
Record, a Portuguese newspaper, report the Manchester City player was the only member of Portugal’s squad not to train on Tuesday morning. It’s explained he’s suffering from ‘myalgia’, which will mean pain in a muscle group, although the exact issue hasn’t been reported.
Manchester City will no doubt be keeping an eye on the situation.