MARTIN KEOWN: Premier League stars would not be human in the event that they weren’t enthusiastic about World Cup accidents this weekend… but it surely’s unimaginable to tiptoe by way of once you wish to give every little thing!
It is just like the nursery rhyme ’10 inexperienced bottles hanging on the wall’ as we enter the Premier League’s remaining weekend earlier than the World Cup. It feels as if we’re ready to see which participant falls subsequent.
After all, we hope none do. However it’s an occupational hazard for each skilled footballer that ultimately you will get injured. You simply don’t desire that to occur now, on the eve of this match.
Days in the past, we realized that the forever-fit Sadio Mane of Senegal has an damage that would have an effect on his World Cup. France have misplaced N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, Portugal have misplaced Diogo Jota and Pedro Neto and England have misplaced Ben Chilwell.
Sadio Mane has been named in Senegal’s squad however is a doubt for the World Cup as a consequence of damage
Harry Kane and Eric Dier have performed a excessive variety of minutes for Tottenham this season
Mane’s information will resonate with all of the gamers who’ve been picked to signify their nations. They would not be human if they didn’t go into this remaining spherical of Premier League fixtures enthusiastic about the repercussions for themselves. One mistake — one tweak, one tear, one innocuous problem — and your World Cup likelihood may very well be gone for good.
I nonetheless remorse lacking the 1994 European Cup-Winners’ Cup remaining for Arsenal by getting injured the week earlier than in what was, trying again now, a fairly insignificant Premier League recreation towards QPR, as a result of we have been mid-table.
I do know now I ought to have managed my power ranges higher. But it surely’s unimaginable to tiptoe by way of a recreation when it is in your DNA to offer 100 per cent.
That is the predicament many gamers discover themselves in now. It is a troublesome balancing act to handle. Arsenal performed 9 video games in October — solely in September 1969 (11) and April 1980 (10) did they play extra matches in a calendar month.
Antonio Conte has stated Harry Kane is drained after enjoying a excessive variety of video games for Tottenham
Virgil van Dijk has additionally been a mainstay on the again for Liverpool this season
That is essentially the most intense schedule these gamers will ever have endured of their careers. Not all of our Premier League stars are going to the World Cup, in fact. Manchester Metropolis’s 23-goal revelation Erling Haaland will get a pleasant break on the seashore, which Pep Guardiola will take pleasure in. However Tottenham’s Harry Kane will lead the road for England in each recreation at this World Cup, which is able to concern his supervisor Antonio Conte.
Gareth Southgate has been the one carrying the concern on his England gamers’ health, however that fear now swings to the membership managers, who will wait to see when and in what situation their gamers return for the league restart on Boxing Day.
It has been an unprecedented marketing campaign. This Premier League season solely began one week sooner than the final and it is as a consequence of finish one week later. But we’re in some way squeezing 4 weeks of World Cup soccer into the center of this loopy schedule. A lot is being requested of the gamers — it’s exhausting.
The league season began with one recreation every week for the primary month, however thereafter the gamers have needed to endure a loopy interval of fixtures.
They’ve nonetheless given us an thrilling season to date although. The combat for a Champions League place has by no means been extra open with Chelsea and Liverpool outdoors of the highest 4, together with Manchester United, and Newcastle’s transformation making it much more thrilling.
Gamers similar to Kai Havertz shall be nervous about selecting up an damage earlier than the World Cup
Christian Eriksen shall be determined to keep away from a knock on the eve of the match
Within the backside half, solely six factors separate Brentford in eleventh and Nottingham Forest in twentieth, making it anybody’s guess as to who will get relegated.
It is going to be fascinating to see how groups deal with beginning once more on Boxing Day, however how a lot the gamers have left of their tanks stays to be seen.
It might find yourself being the survival of the fittest, fairly than who’s the perfect.
What’s compelling for the World Cup is how the gamers will already be at boiling level. They need to be at their peak ranges of health.
However they have another weekend of Premier League motion to barter first earlier than the inaugural winter World Cup begins in Qatar.
Rodri will wish to get by way of another weekend earlier than representing Spain in Qatar