Premier League: Nine Manchester United players in doubt, Liverpool’s defensive crisis

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Jose Mourinho could have some big decisions to make on his injury-ravaged squad ahead of a trip to Anfield.

But Jurgen Klopp has some issues of his own to deal with.

Here’s all the latest injury updates and team news ahead of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures!

UNITED COULD MISS NINE PLAYERS FOR REDS CLASH

Jose Mourinho looks set to have some big decisions to make.

Manchester United could be without nine players for their crucial clash with Liverpool this weekend.

United had seven players remain in Manchester for their Champions League clash with Valencia.

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Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) and Victor Lindelof (thigh) were already ruled out of the trip to Anfield.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Luke Shaw aggravated an injury in the warm-up against Fulham on Saturday, while Chris Smalling left the field injured.

Matteo Darmian and Anthony Martial sat out that game altogether.

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Diogo Dalot and Scott McTominay also missed the Valencia game, while Marcos Rojo left injured at half-time.

“Marcos Rojo no because he’s injured,” Mourinho said when asked if any of the starters in Valencia would start against Liverpool.

“The rest are not injured, they belong to the squad, we have lots of players

that were not here today because they are injured, this is our squad, our players, they have a chance to play Sunday.

“Smalling is injured, Lindelof is injured, Darmian is injured, Martial is

injured, Dalot is injured, the only two players I could bring and didn’t was De Gea and Matic”, Mourinho stressed on.

REDS FACING DIRE DEFENSIVE CRISIS

Liverpool is facing a Christmas defensive crisis, with Joel Matip the latest to suffer an injury blow.

The defender could miss up to six weeks after fracturing his collarbone.

Matip was injured in the final minutes of Liverpool’s 1-0 win against

Napoli in the Champions League at Anfield on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge and is now set to undergo surgery.

“Matip was taken to hospital following the fixture and further assessment

deemed an operation is required,” a Liverpool statement said.

“Early indications suggest the centre-back is facing a spell of up to six

weeks out of action, though that is dependent on how Matip responds to his treatment and rehabilitation programmes.”

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Cameroon centre-back Matip had started the Reds’ last three matches and

his injury is blow to Liverpool’s hopes of remaining on top of the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, who sit one point above Manchester City, are already

without injured defender Joe Gomez for six weeks after he suffered a leg fracture in last week’s win at Burnley.

Meanwhile, right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold came off injured against

Napoli with a foot injury and will undergo scans, and centre back Dejan

Lovren has only started six games this season because of injuries and a recent concussion.

SPURS SET FOR REINFORCEMENTS AS GUNNERS CONSIDER OPTIONS

Tottenham could see some players return for its clash with Burnley.

Kieran Trippier, Serge Aurier (both groin injuries), Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez (both hamstrings) could all be in the mix to return.

“Yes, some players (could return),” manager Mauricio Pochettino said ahead of the game.

“(Trippier?) Yes, maybe, yes.

“We’ll see with Juan, Davinson. These three I think. Aurier, I missed Aurier.”

Meanwhile, rivals Arsenal are left with plenty to think about ahead of their clash with Southampton.

The Gunners are struggling for central defensive reinforcement, with

Konstantinos Mavropanos and Rob Holding injured, Shkodran Mustafi

struggling with a hamstring problem and Sokratis Papastathopoulos suspended.

Captain Laurent Koscielny made it through his return from an achilles injury against Qarabag, but it could be too short a turnaround.

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With so many dilemmas at the back, Emery looks likely play a full-back

out of position, with Stephan Lichtsteiner and Nacho Monreal capable of filling in.

“I think if we can take one player to help us at centre-back, I think it’s a good option,” Emery said ahead of the Europa League clash with.

“The transfer (window) is not easy … Koscielny is coming back and for the team it’s very important he is coming back.

“Then we are going to wait and see how Mavropanos is improving with

his injuries, because he is also a centre-back who can help us.

“Another option we can play with two, with three, Nacho Monreal and Lichtsteiner can play in this position.

“I prefer to use, if we can, a specialist centre-back.”

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