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UCL MD-3 Pre-Deadline & Live Chat

Last chance for certain clubs, Atalanta test for Manchester United, Simeone to gauge Klopp’s awakening, and goals galore when Haaland faces Haller.

Diego Simeone & Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

MD-3 Build-Up

MD-3 represents the last chance to for a few clubs to return three points before advancement becomes unbearably difficult. Both Milano clubs, Inter Milan and AC Milan are in tough spots within their groups. The former will host fairy tail heroes Sheriff to put an end to their winning streak and climb the table. AC Milan however is yet to win a point so will need to defeat Porto to even stand a chance against titans Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

RB Leipzig is not as strong as last season, and the results show. 23 year old Nkunku has been sensational this season, but one man cannot finish the job. If Leipzig is able to upset PSG this week, then this group will become a repeat of the group of death last season. Maybe worse with Club Brugge at four points from only two matches.

Barcelona is also under pressure after losing twice to sit 4th, behind MD-3 opponents Dynamo Kyiv. Spirits may be high for the Catalans after a domestic 3-1 victory over Valencia. Finally, underperforming Villarreal will get a chance to bounce from last place as well when they face Young Boys.

Atalanta will travel to Old Trafford to play struggling Man United, further testing management’s patience with Solskjaer, but many key injuries for the Italians may prevent them from adding insult to injury.

Ajax and Dortmund face off to determine the table positions in one of the most straight forward groups in this season’s UCL. Atletico Madrid exposed Liverpool’s defensive injuries when they met two years ago. The atmosphere in the English club’s locker room has recently changed for the better following comments from key players, and this has translated into performance on the pitch since the start of this season. It will be interesting to watch how both teams will tackle this match.

Paris Saint-Germain v Angers SCO - Ligue 1 Photo by John Berry/Getty Images

Notable Monday injury news came from PSG, announcing that both Neymar and Parades will miss due to injury. Atalanta announced that Matteo Pessina is sidelined. Theo Hernandez and Ante Rebic are out for COVID positive tests at AC Milan. Juventus announced that Rabiot is sidelined due to COVID positive result. Real Madrid traveling squad included David Alaba, Marco Asensio, Ferland Mendy and Eder Miltao. Alphonso Davies is reportedly injured and was taken off during the weekend match at minute 40 but there is no confirmation as to the injury’s extent.

Team News (Injury / Suspension)

This is do or die time for most teams, let’s get the job done for others, so rotation risk is at a minimum as key players cannot be rested without consequences.

MD3 Injury / Suspension List

Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
Club Player Injury Expected Return Status
PSG Layvin Kurzawa Returned
Keylor Navas Groin October Doubtful
Marco Verratti Returned
Angel Di Maria Suspended until MD-3
Neymar Ankle Unknown Out
Sergio Ramos Calf Unknown Out
Leandro Parades Thigh Unknown Out
Man City Benjamin Mendy Suspended by club
Ilkay Gundogan Returned
Ferran Torres Foot January Out
Zinchenko Returned
RB Leipzig Dani Olmo Hip October Out
Adams Muscle October Doubtful
Halstenberg Knee Unknown Out
Liverpool Williams Returned
Thiago Alcantara Calf October Out
Naby Keita Returned
Harvey Elliott Ankle January Out
AC Milan Krunic Calf October Doubtful
Tiemoue Bakayoko Ankle October Doubtful
Alessandro Florenzi Knee Unknown Out
Yannick Kessie Suspended
Simon Kjaer Returned
Ante Rebic Ankle Unknown Out
Brahim Diaz COVID October Out
Theo Hernandez COVID October Out
Atletico Stefan Savic Suspended until MD-4
Marcos Llorente Thigh October Doubtful
Jose Gimenez Muscle October Doubtful
Thomas Lemar Returned
Dortmund Raphael Guerreiro Hamstring October Out
Mahmoud Dahoud Knee November Out
Giovanni Reyna Hamstring October Out
Mateu Morey Ligament December Out
Haaland Returned
Marc Reus Returned
Ajax Stekelenburg Unknown End of Season Out
Andrea Onana Suspended until MD-4
Inter Milan Cristian Eriksen Head Unknown Out
Arturo Vidal Thigh October Out
Stefano Sensi Knee October Out
Sheriff Athanasiadis COVID October Out
Belousov Knee Unknown Out
Kyabou Unknown Unknown Doubtful
Real Madrid Toni Kroos Returned
Gateth Bale Hamstring October Out
David Alaba Knee November Doubtful
Marco Asensio Muscle October Doubtful
Daniel Carvajal Calf October Out
Eder Militao Back October Doubtful
Ferland Mendy Returned
Barcelona Sergio Aguero Returned
Jordi Alba Returned
Martin Braithwaite Knee November Out
Masour Dembele Returned
Pedri Meniscus Unknown Doubtful
Eric Garcia Suspended
Ronald Araujo Hamstring October Out
Bayern Munich Tolisso Returned
Kingsley Coman Returned
Alphonso Davies Thigh October Doubtful
Man Utd Luke Shaw Returned
Marcus Rashford Returned
Harry Maguire Returned
Raphael Varane Muscle November Out
Wan Bissaka Returned
Amad Diallo Thigh October Out
Villarreal Gerard Moreno Returned
Atalanta Luis Muriel Returned
Palomino Returned
Robin Gosens Hamstring October Out
Hans Hatebour Muscle October Out
Matteo Pessina Thigh Unknown Out
Berat Djimisti Arm Unknown Out
Rafael Toloi Thigh Unknown Out
Lille Sven Botman Groin October Out
Juventus Alvaro Morata Returned
Paulo Dybala Discomfort October Out
Adrien Rabiot COVID October Out
De Ligt Thigh October Doubtful
Chelsea Reece James Returned
Mason Mount Returned
Christian Pulisic Ankle October Doubtful
Rudiger Back Unknown Out
Zenit Dejan Lovren Returned
Vyacheslav Karavaev Leg October Out
Sevilla Youssef Nesyri Hamstring November Out
Wolfsburg Josuha Guilavogui Suspended
Sheriff Sebastien Thill Suspended
Malmo Anel Ahmedhodzic Suspended

Note: If a team is not listed then it does not have any notable injuries or suspensions.


Keep an eye on the comments section for any late updates and be aware that lineups for the Club Brugge vs Man City and Besiktas vs Sporting CP will be released about an hour before today’s fantasy transfer deadline at 17:30 BST. Make sure you’re here for that!

Good luck everyone!


How’s your team shaping up? Have you been hit by any of the missing players? Do you have any tactical questions? And which matches do you plan / wish to watch as a fan? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!