Premier League 2017/18: 5 injuries that could impact the title race
Seven game-weeks is all we've had so far in the Premier League, yet there are quite a few players who are on the sidelines owing to injuries picked up either in training or the international break.
Some injuries are short-term whereas few of them are really bad. With the World Cup qualifiers, the players have had to travel long distances and the recuperation time between games has shortened, which takes a toll. Squad depth is key to success and some injuries may prove to be very costly.
Let's see why these 5 injuries could prove costly in title race:
#5 Sadio Mane
Player of the Month for August and Ballon d'Or nominee, Sadio Mane got off to a scintillating start to 2017/18 season. In Coutinho's absence, he was the reason behind Liverpool's good start to the season. However, he picked up an injury in the recent international duty with Senegal and will miss several weeks because of a hamstring problem.
What will Liverpool miss in Mane's absence?
Mane scored 3 goals in his first 3 games and was behind every Liverpool attacking move. His blistering pace and dribbles were too hot for some of the well-drilled defences to handle. He missed 3 games because of suspension and his absence was highlighted when Liverpool struggled a lot in front of goal and could manage only 1 win in 3 games.
It was during his absence because of International duty, Liverpool's 2016/17 season fell apart as they went without a win in 5 league games.
Liverpool average 2.2 goals with Mane and 1.6 without him since last season and if he misses several weeks, Liverpool may find it very hard to match United and City.