Moving on, as you may recall we like to keep tabs on injuries during the season using the Physioroom analysis, and looking at it at the start of this season we see an extraordinary list

  1. Chelsea: 13
  2. Liverpool: 8
  3. Crystal Palace: 7
  4. Manchester United: 6
  5. Arsenal: 5
  6. Burnley: 5
  7. Everton: 5
  8. Leicester City: 5

Here is our list…

Player Injury Return date Chances
Shkodran Mustafi Hamstring Surgery 31/10/2020 Ruled Out
Pablo Mari Villar Ankle Surgery 26/09/2020 Ruled Out
Calum Chambers Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Ruled Out
Gabriel Martinelli Meniscus Tear Ruled Out
Emiliano Martinez Lacking Match Fitness 50%

The Chelsea number reaches an all time high because they have seven players in isolation because of the virus.

Liverpool’s figure is eight: Matip, Henerderson, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Wilson, the Ox, Ki-Jana Hoever and Shaqiri, but what is interesting here is that for three of these players Physioroom has no indication of what is wrong.  Is this perhaps a case of Arsenal being more open than they need be, or is it that some of the issues are just guesswork?

In terms of the Charity / Community Shield games these are the previous results (and I think this might be an Untold exclusive – I’ve not seen anyone else present this little table – although actually, I must admit, it doesn’t really tell us much).  But even so, we have the data so here it is…