25 Key Injuries Facing Clubs Entering the New Season
With new European domestic campaigns moving ever closer, clubs grow more fearful of their top players picking up injuries before the new season starts.
In a selection of pre-season games, the biggest blow for any manager is seeing any of their new recruits or important existing player succumb to a lengthy injury that will see them miss a portion of the season to come.
Unfortunately, there have already been some injuries sustained to influential players that could see their clubs suffer at the start of the campaign.
Here are 25 key injuries facing clubs entering the new season.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev picked up an Achilles tendon injury in June, as per Transfermarkt, and could miss the beginning of the club’s new league season.
Supporters will be hoping his absence won't have a negative impact on CSKA's title contention, as the 24-year-old has played an important part in their back-to-back league crowns.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will be out of action for potentially another 10 weeks after picking up a ankle injury, as per BBC Sport. The England international is adept at ball retention and creating chances, so his absence will be missed by United.
Carrick wasn't at his best for the club in 2013/14, but he remains an important experienced figure at the heart of the midfield due to the lack of creative central midfielder options with United.
Talented Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has a spinal injury that is likely to see him absent for the Bundesliga title-chasing club until the end of September.
With title rivals and last season's winners Bayern Munich dominating the league in 2013/14, as per Statto, Dortmund can ill afford to lose the influential Germany international. His absence in the previous campaign saw Dortmund miles off the pace. His eventual return could reinvigorate the side.
Manchester United’s first-choice right-back Rafael is another absentee for the Red Devils this season. The Brazilian defender has a groin injury that saw him miss the remainder of the club’s US tour.
While he failed to shine last season, Rafael's industrious nature could prove useful if Louis van Gaal retains his wing-back tactic for the new Premier League campaign. The likes of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are potentially competing for the role too, according to Goal.
New Juventus signing Alvaro Morata will miss the start of his debut Serie A campaign through injury, with Transfermarkt reporting a problem with his knee.
The club do have other options in attack with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to be the first-team choices, but Morata bagged an impressive eight league goals in just 578 minutes of La Liga football last season.
CSKA Moscow defender Georgi Schennikov has been sidelined with an ankle injury for the last couple of weeks, according to Transfermarkt, and his return isn’t expected until August.
He's been a regular at left-back, making 28 league appearances last season, and his absence sees few capable of temporarily replacing him.
FC Barcelona forward Neymar picked up a spinal injury in this summer’s World Cup when playing for Brazil. The youngster has been recovering well, however, according to the Associated Press (h/t USA Today), and could return within a few weeks.
With the sale of Alexis Sanchez this summer, and new recruit Luis Suarez suspended for the start of the season, Barcelona will be somewhat reliant on Neymar returning as soon as possible.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t featured for the Gunners in two pre-season friendlies as he continues his recovery from a ligament injury.
He could potentially play a small part in the Emirates cup, per Joe Strange of the Daily Mail, but Arsenal’s opening game is getting ever closer.
The London club do have many options in midfield, but with Oxlade-Chamberlain boasting a successful dribble every 25 minutes, as per WhoScored, he offers the raw attacking threat they will miss in his absence.
Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli could be out of action for a few weeks of the season after undergoing treatment on a heel problem. The Italian is currently undergoing rehab.
As one of Juve's regular centre-backs last season, the club will be starting their defence of the title without a pivotal player at the heart of the defence which could see them initially struggling.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott sustained an ligament injury last season, per Transfermarkt, last season that he’s still yet to full recover from. He will therefore miss the start of the new campaign.
Walcott has had injury problems in the last two seasons that have limited his time on the pitch. It's a further blow considering his impressive goal record of 19 goals in 45 league games during the injury-hit period.
AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has a ligament injury that could see him sidelined for up to three months, per Transfermarkt. The Dutch international picked up the injury in March.
His proposed transfer move to Manchester United, as per Paul Hirst the Daily Mail, will be put on hold, which could benefit AS Roma as they've been reticent to let the talented player leave without being substantially compensated.
Liverpool are cursing their luck after new recruit Adam Lallana picked up a knee injury. It will see the England winger absent for the start of the season, meaning supporters will have to be patient if they want to see the former Saints man in action in a Liverpool shirt.
with Luis Suarez's goals now gone from the club, Lallana was looked upon to provide in his absence due to his impressive tally of nine goals, six assists and 71 created chances.
Ajax forward Viktor Fischer has been a long-term absentee for the Eredivise holders, and their wait for his return could continue until January 2015, per Transfermarkt.
He was an important player, making 52 successful dribbles and 24 chances in 24 league appearances, but Ajax will have to make do without him for the time being.
Paolo De Ceglie
Juventus left-back Paolo De Ceglie will be missing from the side with a ligament injury that the 27-year-old picked up at the end of April.
Returning from a loan spell with Genoa, the Italian defender would have been hoping to impress for his new manager to prove his worth, so his injury setback is a big blow.
Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo would have been hoping to put his dip in form and World Cup omission behind him by starting 2014/15 on fire, but the Spaniard is sidelined with a metatarsal fracture.
It caps a bad few months for Negredo, with his club and country prospects continuing to dwindle. Edin Dzeko's 16 league goals last season will ensure his regular selection even when the Spanish international returns
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus picked up an ankle injury during the tail end of last season that saw him missing the World Cup. The 25-year-old will likely miss the start of the new Bundesliga campaign too.
He scored 16 goals and made 13 assists in 2013/14, so Dortmund will be greatly missing such an influential goal contributor in their race for the title.
Everton right-back Seamus Coleman has had a recurring hamstring problem, per Jamie Anderson of the Express, which saw him miss the club’s pre-season tour this summer and could well overlap with the new season.
Coleman was named in the PFA Team of the Year, as per Jack Lang of the Mirror, so his absence could see Everton struggle to replace him adequately.
Angel Di Maria
Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria has been out of action with a muscle injury that could keep him from starting the new season with the La Liga side. They aren’t without adequate replacements, however.
Di Maria was a standout performer last season, not earning the recognition for his unwavering work-rate and determination. Not to mention, an impressive tally of 17 assists.
Tottenham could be without their reinvigorated striker Emmanuel Adebayor after the Togolese international contracted malaria, as reported by BBC Sport. He spent time in hospital and was eventually sent home to recover.
With 11 goals scored in 21 games, Adebayor will be a big loss as Roberto Soldado has struggled with Premier League football.
AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo has a tibia fracture that will mean he misses the start of the new Serie A season. His return could be as late as November.
Considering AC Milan greatly under-performed in the league in 2013/14, finishing eighth, the last thing they needed was injury to their influential midfielder.
Porto’s first-choice goalkeeper Helton ruptured his Achilles tendon in March and is expected to be sidelined until the middle of September.
He does have much competition for his No.1 jersey so Porto could suffer with Helton's temporary successor between the sticks.
Another Tottenham absentee is their industrious midfielder Mousa Dembele. The Belgian man has a calf/shin injury, according to Physioroom, and could be missing for the start of the season.
While enduring a difficult campaign with Tottenham last season, the strong midfielder would have been hoping to impress new manager Mauricio Pochettino in pre-season this summer.
Napoli defender Raul Albiol picked an injury in May that saw him miss three games for the Italians, according to Transfermarkt, and could be an absentee for the early games of the coming campaign.
With the strengthening of rival teams around them, Napoli can't afford any slow starts in the league, so the injury to centre-back Albiol could be fatal to their chances of staying in the top-four.
Manchester City winger Samir Nasri has a knee injury that could mean manager Manuel Pellegrini will be without the talented Frenchman to begin the campaign.
He'll be a notable absentee as Nasri scored seven goals and made seven assists last season, while creating an impressive 92 chances.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has already been injured since the middle of May with a recurring groin injury, and the Turkish international could now remain absent for the new season.
After losing influential players from their title-winning side of last season, Turan's absence is another setback for the Spaniards.
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